Project profile — Sri Lanka Crisis – Emergency Response - WFP 2022


WFP - World Food Programme (41140)
2023-01-19 - 2023-12-31
Global Affairs Canada
MFM Global Issues & Dev.Branch

Country / region 

• Sri Lanka (100.00%)


• Emergency Response: Emergency food aid (72040) (100.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


November 2022 – Since March 2020, Sri Lanka has been facing a growing economic and financial crisis. This crisis intensified throughout the past year, leading to a shortage of essential food and non-food items, significant increases in commodity prices and the devaluation of the Sri Lankan rupee. The key humanitarian impacts include the loss of livelihoods, rising food insecurity, lack of drinking water, power cuts and shortages of life-saving medicines, among other issues. The United Nations estimates that 7 million people across all 25 districts of Sri Lanka require humanitarian assistance as a result of this multi-dimensional crisis. With GAC’s support, the World Food Programme (WFP) is working to save lives and help reduce the suffering of people affected by the humanitarian crisis. Project activities include: (1) delivering non-perishable nutritious foods to people in need; (2) providing emergency cash-for-work assistance in semi-urban and rural areas; (3) making multi-purpose cash transfers to cover immediate food needs and support livelihoods; and (4) facilitating transport and emergency logistics response equipment.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) increased access to integrated humanitarian assistance for those in most urgent need; (2) restoration of livelihoods and access to critical services; and (3) enhanced support for the needs of various groups of people, based on gender, age, disability, displacement and other vulnerability criteria. The expected ultimate outcome is lives saved, suffering alleviated and human dignity maintained in countries experiencing humanitarian crises or acute food insecurity.

Results achieved 


Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Contributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by implementing partners
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