Recognizing Sri Lanka’s potential in the organic farming sector and its importance for food security, the European Union (EU), the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Development Office of Exports (EDB) launched the Organic Farming Webinar Series: unique, accessible and educational video episodes that explore a variety of topics, including organic certification, organic practices and successful organic farming methods across the Sri Lanka. The series, led by local and international experts, will support local producers, sellers and exporters looking to grow their businesses to meet local and European market demands.
The Organic Agriculture Webinar Series is part of the project “Supporting Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the Organic Agriculture Sector in Sri Lanka” funded by the EU and BMZ and implemented implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. Since 2021, the project has been supporting organic food producers in Sri Lanka to access new markets in the EU and provide investment opportunities to the private sector. The program works with national institutions such as the EDB to address the regulatory and policy changes needed for the national organic food sector. Support is also being provided to the Agricultural and Agrarian Insurance Board (AAIB) to digitize insurance services in the agribusiness sector. The overall objective is to increase Sri Lanka‘s domestic organic market share through improved standards, digitalization, investment and increased consumer demand.
Jenny Correia Nunes, Head of Cooperation at the EU Delegation to Sri Lanka, said: “For years, the European Union has been promoting inclusive rural growth through a more productive, sustainable and resilient agricultural industry in Sri Lanka. Through this project, we are encouraging better organic farming practices, more investment and exports. Our support to the agricultural sector will continue and we are committed to providing much-needed assistance in times of crisis.”
EDB President Suresh de Mel said that “The collaboration of the public and private sectors and the donor community is important to promote organic exports. Their assistance will help strengthen the private sector and provide technical support to streamline organic agriculture sector development policies in Sri Lanka.
Episodes of the organic webinar series can be viewed for free on the European Union Delegation to Sri Lanka and the Maldives YouTube channel (regular downloads to follow): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdHMviwS_73BUe6tUFJXyJQ/playlists.