Manoj Thibbotuwawa Speaks at the Asia Pacific Regional Forum on Inclusive and Sustainable Rural Transformation

18-19 October 2018
Hyatt Regency, Yogyakartha, Indonesia

IPS Research Fellow and Head of Agricultural Policy Research, Manoj Thibbotuwawa, highlighted the importance of mainstreaming climate change adaptation in to agricultural policies in order to minimise the risks faced by the farmers due to long-term and gradual climatic changes and frequent climate disasters. While highlighting the poor ranking (4th) of Sri Lanka in the Global Climate Risk Index 2018 report, the need for focusing on five main climate adaptation gaps (information, technology, resource mobilisation, institutional and policy) in the operations of International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in the country was also discussed.

Dr. Thibbotuwawa was speaking at the Asia Pacific Regional Forum on Inclusive and Sustainable Rural Transformation, held on 18 – 19 October 2018, at the Hyatt Regency, Yogyakartha, Indonesia.

The forum, organised by the IFAD, aimed at enhancing the mainstreaming of climate change and environment, youth, nutrition, and gender agendas in IFAD’s operations and identifying approaches and methods for IFAD to enhance and better align its policy engagement to national and regional priorities. It was attended by around 200 participants from all over the region, including IFAD-funded project directors and staff, researchers from Asian national and international think tanks, international agricultural research centres, as well as staff from IFAD’s country offices and regional hubs in Asia.