Diyanilla and Dickson Division Tea Plantations

260 tea plantations are located in the Nuwara Eliya District. The population lives in poverty. The access to education and health care is limited. Most people work on the tea plantations. 32% of these workers live below the subsistence level. They belong to the marginalized minority of Indian Tamils. Beside their work on the plantations, people live off subsistence farming.  

The people working on the Diyanilla and Dickson Division plantations live in very problematic circumstances. The drinking water is polluted and the soil is degraded. The ERBACHER Foundation supports Oxfam in improving these people’s situation by means of organic farming.

60 plantation workers and their families from the village Mahapathana are directly involved in the project. Farmers from neighboring villages will also benefit from the newly acquired knowledge.

Planned measures are:

  • Founding of a cooperative
  • Creating awareness with respect to equal rights
  • Information on organic farming
  • Trainings (compost management, pest control, fertilizer)
  • Training of selected farmers as disseminators
  • Trainings in accounting
  • Creating a network with local authorities
  • Distribution of seed
  • Development of small irrigation systems
  • Encouraging goat and chicken farming
  • Cultivation of herb gardens

The aims of these measures are an improved food situation for the farmer’s families and the strengthening of structures of the civil society. The target group is heavily involved in planning, realization and monitoring. Their competence and self-responsibility is being raised notably.

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El Proyecto

PaísSri Lanka
SociosOxfam Deutschland e.V. and Palm Foundation (local partner)
Grupo destinatario60 plantation workers and their families as well as more farmers from neighboring villages

La Comparación

Esperanza de vida74.9 años80,7 años
Mortalidad infantil hasta los 5 años
por 1.000 nacimientos de criaturas vivas
Índice de alfabetización entre adultos mayores de 15 años91.1%n.d.
Densidad de población (personas por km²)332.7234,6

Fuente: World Bank Development Indicators en Junio 2013