International support to expand export by enhancing rural agriculture and livestock production

International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and international partner CIGAR, which is dedicated to reducing poverty, enhancing food and nutrition security, and improving natural resources will launch a new program this year in Sri Lanka to mark the 40th anniversary of productive partnership.

This was stated by CGIAR Executive Manging Director Ms Ismahane Elouafi and IWMI Director General Dr mark Smith,who called on Prime Minister at the Temple Trees today (Feb 2).

The Prime Minister urged the delegation to look into new areas to enhance agriculture production, fisheries and poultry to enhance exports as well as nutrition intake of rural population.

CGIAR Executive MD said that CGIAR will continue to sharpen its focus on how to increase relevance and impact in a rapidly changing context, where business-as-usual approaches are no longer an option. Accordingly the two organizations would propose a new formula for its development programmes in Sri Lanka.

She said that CGIAR has launched a very successful program together with International Livestock Research Institute in Kenya and Ethiopia to increase chicken and egg production and all the school children in those two countries are given an egg a day with their meals under this plan. She added that a similar program could be implemented in Sri Lanka.

The Prime Minister thanked IWMI and CGIAR for their assistance to Si Lanka to improve water, irrigation and food security over the years.

Secretary to Prime Minister Anura Dissanayake and IWMI Chief Operating Officer Syon Niyogi also took part in the discussion.

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