Agriculture

TE Digest Editorial – ‘What’s In Our Food?’

The ongoing crisis with imported milk products has made one thing clear – all of us need to pay closer attention to what is in the food we consume and take a greater interest in how it is sourced and produced. Globally, consumers are becoming more discerning – they are getting a lot smarter at identifying produce that is good for their health and places a lower burden on the environment. ‘Eating local’ and ‘going organic’ are no longer just buzzwords. The question of “what’s in our food?” is intrinsically linked to another question – “how do we grow what we eat?”…

Biodiversity as a Cornerstone of Sustainable Development: A Sri Lankan Perspective

Marking International Day for Biodiversity today (22nd May), Dilani Hirimuthugodage looks at the Sri Lankan interventions in the wake of its ratification of the International Convention on Biological Diversity 19 years ago. She asserts that concrete steps must be taken soon if Sri Lanka is to safeguard its rich bio diversity, in the midst of the rapid development taking place.

Will Sri Lanka Run Out of Water for Agriculture or Can it Be Managed?

In this special feature article to mark World Water Day today (22nd March), IPS researchers Chatura Rodrigo (Research Economist) and Athula Senaratne (Research Fellow) examine the usefulness of the ‘Integrated Water Resource Management’ approach as a solution to an impending …

Safeguarding Consumer Interests by Strengthening Food Safety in Sri Lanka

In this special feature article marking World Consumer Rights Day (15th March), RaveenEkanayake (Research Assistant – IPS) writes that with the growing incidence of food safety risks globally, Sri Lanka mustintroduce smarter and coherent regulation for imported food products to …

‘Sri Lanka: State of the Economy 2012′ e-book released

An e-book of the ‘Sri Lanka: State of the Economy 2012’ containing summary information and visuals of the 7 key chapters is now available for free download. This e-book also contains links to a video presentation of the main highlights of the report.