Help for Covid-affected families to improve nutritional status
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Australia are jointly providing vegetable seed packs to around 46,000 families affected by the Covid-19 pandemic in Sri Lanka.
This is to enable selected families across the island to improve their nutritional status by establishing home gardens and urban agricultural systems, said the FAO.
A funding of 100,000 US dollars by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is helping this effort.
The seed packs thus distributed contain a variety of nutrient-rich vegetable crops that can help combat micronutrient deficiencies, which are prevalent in Sri Lanka, the FAO said.
"We know that vaccines alone cannot win the fight against the pandemic. Food and nutrition should be an integral part of COVID-19 response and recovery in Sri Lanka where malnutrition continues to be a serious problem, especially among children under five, young girls and women of reproductive age,” reiterated Hanaa Singer-Hamdy, the UN Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka.