Launch of the National Strategic Review on Food and Nutrition Security – Towards Zero Hunger

The National Strategic Review on Food and Nutrition Security-Towards Zero Hunger was launched in Colombo, by Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, Chairperson of the South Asia Policy and Research Institute in the presence of United Nations World Food Programme, Executive Director, Ertharin Cousin, on Monday 13th of February 2017.

Minister of Finance Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, Minister of Agriculture Hon. Duminda Dissanayake and the Opposition Leader Hon. R. Sampanthan were among the distinguished participants. Concluding a three day mission in Sri Lanka, the Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin also joined to grace the event.

About 300 participants representing government institutes, non-governmental organizations, private sector, academia and civil society attended the event. IPS Executive Director Dr. Saman Kelegama, Research Fellow Dr. Manoj Thibbotuwawa, Research Officer Dilani Hirimuthugodage and Project Officer Madunika Jayawardena represented the IPS at the report launch.

The National Strategic Review is an analytical, inclusive and multi-stakeholder consultative exercise that was designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the food security and nutrition situation of the country, to identify the gaps in policy and programmatic response and to propose a set of recommendations. As the research team leader, IPS was heavily involved in the consultation process and made a significant contribution towards the report under the leadership of Dr. Manoj Thibbotuwawa. Dilani Hirimuthugodage and Madunika Jayawardena were also involved in the review process.

The review was also supported by the Hector Kobbekaduwa Agrarian Research and Training Institute, the Department of Census and Statistics and the Medical Research Institute under the coordination of South Asia Policy and Research Institute and WFP.