Dr Manoj Thibbotuwawa Stresses the Need for Long-term Solutions to Sri Lanka’s Food Crisis

16 February 2023

The current food crisis in Sri Lanka highlights the extreme vulnerability of the agricultural and food systems, , leading to higher prices and limited food supply for poor households. IPS Research Fellow Dr Manoj Thibbotuwawa noted that while short-term relief is needed to meet immediate food needs, the long-term solution lies in developing domestic agriculture to increase local production of nutritious foods and strengthening the food system to withstand future shocks. He made these remarks while delivering the keynote address at the 9th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium (UReS – 2022) hosted by the Faculty of Livestock, Fisheries and Nutrition, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka.

Dr Thibbotuwawa spoke on the theme of the conference ‘Sustainable Food Systems for Economic Resilience’ with special reference to the current food security and economic context of Sri Lanka. Prof Udith K. Jayasinghe- Mudalige, Vice-Chancellor of the Wayamba University of Sri Lanka was the Chief Guest at the event. Prof. (Mrs.) CVL Jayasinghe, Dean, Faculty of Livestock, Fisheries & Nutrition also addressed the gathering.




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