IPS Researcher Speaks at the Stakeholder Workshop on Urban Food Systems in Asia

11 February 2020
Ramada, Colombo

IPS Research Fellow and Head of Agricultural Economic Policy Research, Manoj Thibbotuwawa, highlighted the role of household access and affordability to food on achieving urban food security in Sri Lanka. He noted that food wastage due to longer value chains, substandard storage and transport, high cost of nutritious diets, and food taboos and nutrition myths have to be addressed in order to ensure urban food security.

Dr. Thibbotuwawa made these remarks at the  ‘Stakeholder Workshop on Urban Food Systems in Asia’, organised by the ICLEI – South Asia, in association with the Colombo Municipal Council, with the support of Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and World Bank (WB), in Colombo on 11 February 2020.

The workshop aimed to bring together all stakeholders involved in the production, provision, distribution of healthy and sustainable food in the urban regions to understand how urban policies and governance can enhance food provisioning to improve food security and nutrition for urban residents.