Strengthening the resilience of smallholder farmers in the Dry Zone to climate variability and extreme events through an integrated approach to water management

Strengthening the resilience of smallholder farmers in the Dry Zone to climate variability and extreme events through an integrated approach to water management

  • Status Under implementation
  • Date approved 30 Jun 2016 at B.13
  • Est. completion 28 Jun 2024
  • ESS Category Category B

Improving integrated water management within the Dry Zone of Sri Lanka in order to strengthen the resilience of smallholder farmers in the face of rising temperatures and extreme weather events attributable to climate change.

Persistent rural poverty afflicts Sri Lanka, with smallholder farmers who cultivate under village irrigation schemes being poorer than those who have access to major irrigation, and more vulnerable to impacts of climate change. Unseasonal rain and low water availability are driving down agricultural production, increasing food deficit and indebtedness, and contaminating surface water. Village irrigation schemes have been damaged through flooding, siltation, and the impact of extreme weather events, which also threaten safe drinking water access.

Irrigation will be improved in the Northern and Eastern Provinces through investing in improving the community irrigation water infrastructure, scaling-up decentralized drinking water systems, and strengthening early weather warnings, flood-response, and water management.

The GCF investment will build on baseline governmental investment in rural water management, so that around 770,500 people in smallholder households will benefit directly, with 1,179,800 indirect benefits of the project.

The project has an estimated lifespan of 7 years.

Total project value






Result areas

Project timeline


03 Feb 2016 - 149 days

Concept note received

03 Feb 2016

Cleared by GCF Secretariat

29 Mar 2016

Funding proposal received

29 Mar 2016


30 Jun 2016 - 364 days

Approved by GCF Board

30 Jun 2016

Cleared by iTAP

30 Jun 2016

Legal opinion on AE's Internal Approval

27 Sep 2016

FAA executed

07 Jun 2017

Under implementation

28 Jun 2017 - 2,436 days so far

FAA effective

28 Jun 2017

Disbursement - USD 2,867,879

31 Jul 2017

Annual Performance Report

23 Mar 2018

Disbursement - USD 8,287,745

11 Jun 2018

Annual Performance Report

01 Mar 2019

Disbursement - USD 9,264,383

09 Sep 2019

Disbursement - USD 1,809,004

02 Mar 2021

Disbursement - USD 7,785,019

23 Sep 2022

Disbursement - USD 4,431,338

03 Apr 2023


28 Jun 2024 - 122 days to go

One region

  • Asia-Pacific

One country

  • Financing
    • Private sector
    • Public sector
  • Size
    • Micro
    • Small
    • Medium
    • Large

GCF financing90% disbursed

GrantUSD 38,084,000
Total GCF Financing
USD 38,084,000


Co-FinancingGrantUSD 14,000,000
Total Co-Financing
USD 14,000,000

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Accredited Entity

United Nations Development Programme
Mr. Pradeep Kurukulasuriya

Executive Coordinator and Director, Global Environment Finance
304 East 45th Street, FF-9th Floor, New York, NY, United States
Phone +1 (212) 906-5884
Mr. Robin Merlier

Environmental Policy Specialist Global Environmental Finance, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS)/Global Policy Network
Phone +1 2129065842
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National Designated Authority

Sri Lanka
Ministry of Environment
Dr. Anil Jasinghe Primary
No. 416/C/1, "Sobadam Piyasa" Robert Gunawardana Mawatha, Battaramulla, Sri Lanka
Phone +94-11-2034121
Phone +94-11-2034122
Mr. Leel Randeni Secondary
Director, Climate Change Secretariat
Sobadam Piyasa, No. 416/C/1, robert Gunawardana Mawatha, Battaramulla, Sri Lanka
Phone +94 (0) 714421689
Phone +94 (0) 112034193