This project seeks to improve sustainability in the agri-food sector in Sri Lanka through improving access to information. This includes developing LCI databases for the scientific basis and reliability of information, and subsequently establishing a green product certification scheme for the dairy sector in Sri Lanka. Further, the project researches consumer interest in the country and raises awareness on sustainability issues.

Implemented in

  • Asia / Pacific
  • Sri Lanka

Sector of activity
Consumer Goods

Type of initiative
Other

Type of lead actor
Scientific and Technical

Objectives

SCP practice can play an important role to change current unsustainable practices in Sri Lanka’s agriculture and food sector. Agriculture in Sri Lanka, utilizing 43% of the total land area of the country, is one of the key environmental concerns; having a tremendous impact on everything from climate change to soil deterioration. The lack of awareness sustainable produce among consumers, the lack of standards, limited certification systems at affordable prices and the lack of third party verification have so far hindered the switch to environmentally sustainable and healthy practices in the agriculture sector.
Progress towards environmentally sustainable agri-food systems in Sri Lanka requires improving the methods for quantitative, integrated assessment, and promoting the use of these methods in different domains. But the shortage of data has restricted Sri Lanka in its analysis of a number of food-related challenges and to advance the currently available approaches and methods. The above project aims to develop a methodological framework to improve sustainability in agri food sector of Sri Lanka through improving accessibility to information.

Activities

As collected through the One Planet Reporting

Output level

Training for SCP

  • Training of Trainers (ToT) on Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) database development
  • Eco-labelling Workshop - How to Start, Develop and Promote Eco-labels
  • Workshop 'Communicating Product Sustainability'
  • CEOs Forum on UNEP Eco Innovation Strategy for Business Model Innovation

Outreach and communication for SCP

  • Dissemination Event of Project on Eco-innovation & Launch of Project on Consumer Information

Outcome level

Coordination on SCP

  • Steering committee on project Promoting SCP in Sri Lanka through facilitating accessibility to information

Impact and Results

1. A national LCI database installed for agri-food products (rice processing, tea and dairy subsectors).
2. A certification scheme with green product criteria is available for a selected agri-food product category so that it can be replicated to other products.
3. Increased consumer awareness of sustainable consumption and certified sustainable product(s).