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Sustainable Agriculture Development Programme

Helping those willing to help themselves

Our Sustainable Agricultural Development Programme (SADP) in Sri Lanka empowers rural villagers living below the poverty line by giving them the skills, knowledge and resources to become self-sufficient.

Ceylon Tobacco - SADP

Sustainable Agriculture Development Programme in Sri Lanka

We work with more than 16,000 families through the programme and because of this we have over 66,000 beneficiaries across 16 districts.

Families are introduced to food cultivation and animal husbandry over 2.5 years, and our field officers work with them, teaching them the skills and knowledge they need to succeed. The ultimate aim is for families to become self-sufficient and to improve their livelihoods. In doing so, they improve their nutrition, gain economic independence and maximise their land use.

Since it was introduced, the programme has evolved to meet new challenges in Sri Lanka and there are now an extra four variations, tailored to specific needs.

SADP Plus focuses specifically on the Trincomalee and Kilinochchi Districts. In these districts farmers are from war-affected areas and have access to more land than their counterparts in the south. So as well as growing food for their own use, cash crops such as maize and ground nuts are introduced.

SADP Lite was started at the request of the Ministry of Rehabilitation and Prisons Reforms to help the rehabilitation of 1449 ex-Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam combatants. The project was run by the army at the Kandakadu Farm in the Polonnaruwa District and was completed in 2011.

SADP Mega is a 12-acre organic model farm in Sooriyawewa that was set up to share and exchange agricultural expertise and best practices with interested parties in the south of Sri Lanka.

SADP Ultra was launched in 2013 to introduce leaf farmers to better crop management techniques and to promote the growing of other field crops. Spread across seven districts, SADP Ultra is on track to benefit 4,100 individual tobacco farmers and over 16,000 beneficiaries in its inaugural year.