As the producer of healthy food, we see it as our duty to make it as accessible to as many people as possible, and to provide education around how our products help people to live a healthier life. We are dedicated to ensuring shelves are stocked with fresh, nutritious produce, that is available every day of the year. We know rural communities in SL can struggle to have economic and physical access to foods that fill the nutrition gap in their diets. This is why we are continuing to work on solutions for how to reach these communities on a consistent basis.
Food Security can be described as “when all people at all times have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life”
Sri Lanka has enjoyed some good progress over the last decade in self-sufficiency and population health, but production of rice and black gram has stagnated over the last 5 years and there are still high levels of malnutrition (from stunting and wasting through to obesity) with micronutrient deficiencies continuing to be pervasive across the entire population. The gap between production and nutritional requirements is increasing; Sri Lankans are not receiving an adequate amount of the right foods to support healthy nutrition and with the population rising an exponential amount over the next 10 years, food security is a real concern. In the Global Food Security Index, Sri Lanka sits at 66 out of 113 countries and with the recent COVID pandemic and changing tariff rates for import, increasing cracks in global supply chains have been highlighted– a further incentive for SL to develop food security within its own borders.
Climate smart agriculture and sustainable farming practices are becoming more and more necessary in a country that is the world’s 3rd most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Unpredictable and extreme weather events are making it increasingly difficult to secure yields and ensure nutritional quality. Alongside this, resource depletion – to which Sri Lanka ranks 96 out of 113 countries on the Natural Resources and Resilience report ( The Economist 2019) , change of land use, urban migration, reduced access to tech/finance and gender inequality are all contributing factors to decreasing agricultural output.
The Lanka Salad Company was built on a foundation of sustainability as a core value and we are focused on leading the way in sustainable and climate smart agriculture, upholding our mission to provide healthy, nutritious produce that is affordable and available, every day of the year.
The Lanka Salad Company operates a leafy green, tomato and bell pepper growing facility, utilising a hydroponic growing system within custom-built greenhouses. Growing in such a protected and controllable environment shields crops from pests and climate extremes whilst preserving natural resources – although hydroponics grows plants using nutrient rich water, systems are primed for efficient water recycling, meaning that we use up to 90% less water than traditional agricultural systems. Growing in greenhouses optimises land use, with more crops grown per sq/metre than traditional ag, and yields and nutrient value are far more certain.
When discussing food security, it is necessary to look at food waste. In Colombo alone, 353 tonnes of food waste is generated every day. Whilst much of this is household and commercial waste, distribution of fresh produce plays a significant role in food spoiling and wastage. The Lanka Salad Company always wants to provide the highest quality product, which reaches the consumer fresh and in the best condition. We are proud to operate a sophisticated cool chain- starting at the processing/packing house on site and continuing via refrigerated trucks to the final destination, minimising wastage and ensuring a premium product.
Sri Lanka has a rich and diverse agricultural history, but much of it has declined and narrowed over recent decades. At the LSC, we are focused on driving economic transformation through agriculture – particularly in rural communities by providing fair and decent work, investment in social projects, educating our communities on healthy eating and to proactively drive change in food systems. With a growing customer base, we are positioned to participate in shaping a healthy, and sustainable future for Sri Lanka and we would love to have you join us for the journey.