Sri Lanka - Smallholder Tea and Rubber Revitalization Project (STARR) – December 2021
Nadeeshani, is a young, driven and independent woman, who owns a small mushroom growing business. She chose this line of business as it is one familiar to her as her parents are also mushroom growers. Being her own boss, allows her a freedom which she wouldn’t have working for others and having to conform to hierarchy.
Nadeeshani’s business is all encompassing, she grows the mushrooms, produces different food products with them, packages them, markets her products through her website and sells them. She supplies Cargills, one of the country’s largest supermarket chains. “Young women should think about a career in agriculture, without judging the job because it’s strenuous and muddy. It will allow them to experience the freedom of being independent.”
Through the Smallholder Agribusiness Partnerships Programme, Nadeeshani received funds and training on mushroom cultivation which allowed her to start her business.
The IFAD-funded Smallholder Tea and Rubber Revitalization Project aims to improve food security, increase incomes, and strengthen the resilience of poor rural people in Sri Lanka, all while ensuring that the smallholders are the key decision-makers of the project. By promoting organization among smallholders to produce and market tea, supporting them in improving rubber production and processing, seeking a better link to markets, and facilitating smallholders’ access to rural financing, this project will benefit approximately 32,000 smallholder households.
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