WP-LKA-NARAYAN Intercropping of pineapple on coconut plantations

Projektträger: Arbeitsgemeinschaft - Narayan d.o.o. (Slovenia) Land: Sri Lanka Fördersumme: € 200.000,00 Beginn: 01.02.2024 Ende: 31.01.2027



The aim of the project is to increase the yield and income of 100 small farmers in Sri Lanka through the intercropping of pineapple and coconut. By harvesting the newly planted pineapples and setting up a pilot area and tree nursery, a total of 92 new jobs will be created, which will increase value creation in the country. Accompanying field research and a strong focus on CSR issues (combating malnutrition, monitoring and reviewing salary increases for workers and income increases for farmers, improving infrastructure, etc.) help to ensure that the project achieves sustainable effects that extend beyond the target group.

Erwartete Ergebnisse

The following objectives were defined:

- Creation of 42 (23m, 19f) new jobs (full-time equivalents) at the local partner Narayan Ceylon;

- Creation of 50 (40m, 10f) new jobs (seasonal) for the harvest of the newly planted pineapples;

- Increase the income of 100 smallholders (80m, 20f) by 50% at the end of the project;

- Substitution of 50 tons of plastic through the development of coconut fiber based plant pots;

- Conversion of 37.5 hectares of agricultural land to organic farming in accordance with EU organic regulations;

- Reaching a total of 1,000 people (at least 500f) through complementary measures in the areas of health, education and infrastructure.


Various target groups were identified for the project:

- Target group 1: 42 people who are to be given a full-time job at Narayan Ceylon;

- Target group 2: 100 smallholder farmers who are to benefit from the increased yields and income from intercropping;

- Target group 3: Food cooperative (Food2Good Cooperative) and communities with a total of 1,000 members who are to be better off through the accompanying welfare measures (education, health, infrastructure);

- Target group 4: Other important stakeholders (cooperative, universities, NGOs) who are to expand and establish intercropping in Sri Lanka and thus benefit from the project.


The measures to be implemented around the Kandy district in the center of the country include

- Leasing 10 hectares of land and setting up a tree nursery and tissue culture facility;

- Recruitment and induction of 42 new employees;

- Integration of 100 small farmers into the "Food2Good Farmers" cooperative;

- Conducting training courses together with the "Sri Lanka School of Agriculture Kundasale"

- Conducting field research on the pilot area in cooperation with the Faculty of Agriculture and Plantation Management (Wayamba University of Sri Lanka);

- Implementation of welfare measures for the 100 smallholders and their families (500 people in total) and a community (500 people) by contracted NGOs.


Sri Lanka is classified by the OECD as one of the lower middle income countries and territories and is still struggling with a number of problems. The failure to convert to purely organic farming, the lack of tourism and lower crop yields have set the economy back. This is why there is even greater interest among small farmers in cultivation methods such as intercropping, which can increase yields (pollination) and generate higher incomes (two crops compared to one). Cultivation takes place exclusively on fallow land that was cleared many years ago and is safe. No conversion of forest or other areas takes place. The displacement of cultivated plants (coconut by pineapple) can also be ruled out.

Projektnummer 2550-10/2023
Mittelherkunft OEZA
Sektor Landwirtschaft
Tied 200000
Modalität Project-type interventions
Marker Umwelt: 1, Biodiversität: 1, Geschlecht: 1, Armut: 2, Handel: 1
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    • BMLFUW - Bundesministerium für Land- und Forstwirtschaft, Umwelt und Wasserwirtschaft
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