Farmers in rural areas struggle with the lack of agricultural inputs, outdated technology used in agronomic practices, unpredictable weather, and difficulties in finding better markets with reasonable prices for their harvest. In most areas, small-scale farmers are sidelined when there are large scale players in the production field. The author argues that Contract Farming (CF) can help even the playing field by integrating traditional farmers into existing modern value chains.
Sri Lanka had climbed to the fourth place among countries most affected by extreme weather events in 2016, according to the Global Climate Risk Index (CRI). This means that appropriate climate policies are more important than ever before. In an effort enhance its role in climate policy research, IPS conducted a policy engagement forum this year. The deliberations at the forum reiterated that timely, comprehensive, and evidence-based research is a key pillar in mitigating the impacts of climate change.
With the recent upswing in the condominium market in Sri Lanka, it is important to take environmental implications of these constructions into consideration. The authors argue that a holistic and a futuristic approach should be adopted when building condominiums and sustainable practices should be integrated into the approval process for the ‘design’ of the condominiums.
In Sri Lanka, the tourism sector boasts of a vast potential to reach economic growth targets. It can also help achieve all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As such, this blog discusses some of the ways in which tourism could make useful contributions towards reducing poverty and inequality, conserving the environment, improving water and sanitation, and promoting public-private partnerships.
There are several Green initiatives proposed in Sri Lanka’s Budget 2018. Among these is an important proposal to provide index-based climate insurance to Sri Lankan farmers – a proposal put forth by IPS in the past. This blog analyses the feasibility of the insurance proposal and how it can be implemented successfully to benefit farmers in Sri Lanka.