Analysis of Public Expenditure Related to the Inclusive Agricultural Transformation (IAT) in Sri Lanka

Analysing public expenditure in Sri Lanka is essential for systematically understanding how government funding supports inclusive agricultural transformation (IAT). This analysis involves examining historical spending trends to see how the focus has shifted among sub-sectors or institutions. It helps determine if this shift aligns with emerging challenges and if resources are allocated efficiently.

Furthermore, this analysis will examine the current distribution of funds, highlighting both underfunded and overfunded sub-sectors. This offers an opportunity to reprioritise and reallocate existing funds to maximise efficiency and align resource allocation with emerging priorities.

The main objective of this study is to conduct a comprehensive analysis of Sri Lanka’s public sector expenditure related to IAT, including aspects like climate change, food security, and nutrition. Specifically, the study aims to:

  1. Identify and analyse the annual public expenditure and budgetary resources allocated, including their composition under different categories.
  2. Examine historical budgetary allocation trends across various categories or sub-sectors.
  3. Analyse budgetary expenditures relevant to climate-related initiatives.

Research team

Manoj Thibbotuwawa
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Dr Lakmini Fernando
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Sachini Nivarthana


International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)