About Us

Small Fishers Federation is a development network of Small scale fishing and farming Communities

The Small Fishers Federation (Sudeesa) was set up in 1992 as a development network of small- scale fishing and farming community organizations in Sri Lanka. Its headquarters are situated in Pambala fishing village in Puttlam District. Small scale fisher folk and small farmers ,as one of the most socially and economically vulnerable groups,are engaged in fishing in shallow waters of the sea and also inland fishing and farming areas using very primitive fishing gear and farming method. Their average income is US $ 16 per month.According to Government statistics, 62% of members of fishing and farming communities are living in below the poverty line due to lack of technical knowhow, lack of capital and market facilities and also lack of organizational strength. Sudeesa is an approved charity and non-profit non-governmental organization, incorporated under the regulations for the Monitoring of Receipts and Disbursement of Funds by NGOs under the NGO Secretariat of the Sri Lanka Government. As an umbrella organization, Sudeesa conducts advocacy, economic, social and educational programmes to strengthen and empower its member communities in self-reliance. Sudeesa is a grassroots level membership organization and giving special reference to destitute women,widows, youngsters and children in the member communities.During last three years, the organization membership of Sudeesa has been increased from 459 to 1500 members’organizations.The activities of Sudeesa are managed by 12 members’ board of Governors and of them 6 are beneficiary women leaders from member communities.

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Village based organization

In order to achieve the vision, mission and goal of Sudeesa, it works from grass root level onwards,using a federal structure of village-based organizations. By organizing the fishing and farming communities in village organizations and empowers them to tackle together the different challenges that they have faced. These organizations are developed as co-ops with legal entities for full plagued development.

The members are the decision-makers and “own” all the decisions and therefore,they are committed to making the success of entire programme. Sudeesa uses an integrated approach to address the different challenges faced by fishing and farming communities.Sudeesa activities are defined to achieve result on education, health and socio-economic issues,which are together should lead to sustainable social and economic living.

The Conceptual Framework

  • Vision


The Vision of the Small Fishers Federation - Sudeesa is the social transformation of the small scale fishing and farming communities with access to equal opportunities in order to achieve fully fledged development of individuals and their families.

  • Mission


Sudeesa operates in a modest way to provide awareness, knowledge, skills and commitment where necessary, for social transformation. The fishers and farmers including women and youngsters who benefit from the Sudeesa programmes are encouraged to explore personal, collective, structural, cultural and ecological factors which are significant for social transformation and geared towards to sustainable social economic and ecological development.

  • Goal


The goal of Sudeesa is to improve the social and economic living conditions of all the coastal and inland fisher communities and associated farming communities of Sri Lanka. Sudeesa aims to harness the full potential of the small-scale fisher and farming population – specially the women, youngsters and children – by providing care and education and introducing new fields of subsidiary occupations and self-reliance activities in order to improve their standard of living, both socially and economically.

  • Key Principles

Key principals

The following key sustainability principles are incorporated into operational policies and practiced of Sudeesa at all levels of implementation Read More...