Agriculture

Video: Sri Lanka National Human Development Report 2012

The UNDP recently launched the National Human Development Report 2012 for Sri Lanka recently, and in this video the Lead Author of the report, IPS Research Fellow Dr. Nisha Arunatilake talks about the main issues discussed in it.   IPS …

Divi Neguma – A Closer Look

As Divi Neguma, the government’s latest grassroots economic development initiative, marks one year since its introduction, we took a look at the key features of the programme, its potential to help livelihood development and raise incomes, and the key improvements that need to be made

Sri Lanka as a Rice Exporting Country: Possibilities and Problems

The Budget 2012 presented last month touches on agriculture at several points. However, the proposal to establish “four rice export zones” stands out as the most provocative, in an economic sense, amongst all of them. Sri Lanka has just achieved near self-sufficiency in rice. But the rice sector, including both production and consumption, is still plagued with a multitude of economic and social problems. Against this backdrop, a proposal to commit resources to promote rice export raises a number of questions ranging from “is it possible” to “at what cost and for whose benefit”. This article seeks to take a deeper look into this complex issue.

Is Low Agricultural Productivity Keeping Batticaloa Poor?

  By Roshini Jayaweera (Research Officer – IPS) In considering issues of poverty in Sri Lanka, Batticaloa is conspicuous as a district that requires particular attention. In addition to being identified as the country’s poorest district in 2009/10, it is …

Guarding What is Ours: The TRIPs Agreement and the Protection of Plant Varieties in Sri Lanka

> By Dilani Hirimuthugodage, Research Assistant – IPS Imperative for Developing Countries The biological and genetic materials found in different animals, plants and micro organisms were initially recognized as a common property of human kind and were freely exchanged between …