CSP approved at EB November 2017 session.
Sri Lanka is a lower-middle-income country with a development agenda focused on accelerating economic growth, ensuring good governance and sustaining peace. Although its significant progress in several areas has led to Sri Lanka’s assessment as having high human development, further efforts are required to address food security and nutrition, gender equality and geographic and socio-economic development disparities.
WFP in Sri Lanka aims to address the underlying causes of food insecurity and malnutrition and support longer-term recovery and resilience while maintaining emergency-response capacity. The present WFP five-year country strategic plan, the first of its kind in Sri Lanka, builds on WFP contributions in the country over the past 50 years to support development assistance and the shift towards more capacity- building through technical and policy support for efforts to ensure access to food, end malnutrition and improve smallholder productivity and incomes, in alignment with WFP’s Strategic Results 1, 2 and 3.
The country strategic plan seeks to achieve the following four strategic outcomes:
- Strategic outcome 1: Crisis-affected people have access to food all year round;
- Strategic outcome 2: School-age children in food-insecure areas have access to food all year round;
- Strategic outcome 3: Children under 5, adolescent girls and women of reproductive age have improved nutrition by 2025 ; and
- Strategic outcome 4: Vulnerable communities and smallholder farmers have strengthened livelihoods and resilience to shocks and stresses all year round.
The country strategic plan, developed in consultation with the Government and other stakeholders and informed by contextual, gender and gap analyses, and recommendations from the 2017 National Strategic Review of Food Security and Nutrition towards Zero Hunger, supports Sri Lanka’s national development vision. It will contribute to the implementation of government priorities as articulated in its Vision 2025, in Public Investment Programme (2017–2020), in sector-specific strategies and plans of action and in the United Nations sustainable development framework for 2018–2022 for achieving Sustainable Development Goal 2.