Sri Lanka is experiencing its worst economic crisis since its independence. The tea industry, one of the most crucial pillars of the island nation's economy, is now facing a double whammy.
“Around 6.3 million people in Sri Lanka are food insecure. That means they are not able to access nutritious diet on a regular basis, out of which around 5.3 million people are either reducing meals or skipping meals,” Abdur Rahim Siddiqui, WFP's Sri Lanka country director, said in an interview with VOA.
16 Sep 2022
Sri Lanka is facing its worst economic crisis in decades. Around 30% of Sri Lankans are coping with food insecurity, and one out of four are skipping meals regularly.
2 Sep 2022
The International Monetary Fund says a first agreement has been reached on a $2.9 billion loan to the bankrupt country. Sri Lanka is facing its worst economic crisis in more than 70 years.
29 Aug 2022
Double disappointment for Sri Lanka as the T20 cricket team is soundly beaten by Afghanistan, a month after losing hosting responsibilities of the Asia Cup tournament to the United Arab Emirates.
21 Aug 2022
Sri Lanka has granted permission for the Chinese space-tracking vessel Yuan Wang 5 to dock at a port that China runs. The Hambantota port is the southernmost in Sri Lanka and has raised the concern of India.
28 Jul 2022
Economic instability has Indian investors and exporters worried about receiving payments. The Indian government is doing what it can to help keep essential goods moving.
28 Jul 2022
As unrest over the economic crisis continues, lawmakers have extended the executive's emergency powers. Meanwhile, Singapore extended former Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's permission to stay.
28 Jul 2022
A bailout from the International Monetary Fund will be critical in stabilizing Sri Lanka's finances but critics say the Indian Ocean island needs to tackle food insecurity and political instability first.
27 Jul 2022
Sri Lanka is still struggling with the scars of its civil war. The conflict broke out in 1983 pitting government forces against Tamil militants. The LTTE were fighting for an independent state for the minority Tamils. They were defeated in 2009, but at a huge human cost. Today, at least 20,000 people remain missing. We go to northern Sri Lanka, where survivors continue to look for their families.
24 Jul 2022
The new president will need to lead the island nation out of a deep political, economic and humanitarian crisis that toppled the previous leader. However, Wickremesinghe faces widespread public opposition.
23 Jul 2022
As Sri Lanka's protest movement reaches 100 days, the people proudly and defiantly said that their fight is not over. Indeed, in addition to political uncertainty, the country faces a long list of problems, with years of mismanagement coupled with external shocks. The coronavirus pandemic has battered the tourism industry, and the war in Ukraine has contributed to soaring inflation. On the ground, there are also long queues for food and fuel. For more, we speak to France 24's correspondent Navodita Kumari in Colombo.