Policy Research Capacity and Influence (PRCI) Programme on COVID-19 and Agri-food Trade in Sri Lanka

The Policy Research Capacity and Influence (PRCI) programme focusses on strengthening the institutional capacity of the national policy institutions to respond to decision makers’ need in generating evidence and knowledge on the issues related to food systems transformation and its resilience. The programme is funded by USAID and implemented by a consortium of partners (Michigan State University, IFPRI, and Cornell University). This five- year programme, which is now in its second year of implementation in Sri Lanka, will work with the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka.

This proposed project consists of several activities that will be implemented in the second year, 2021, of the project in Sri Lanka. For the second year under the PRCI programme, IPS proposed to undertake main three activities in close association with several stakeholders in Sri Lanka. The first activity of the programme will include research activities focusing on the impact of COVID-19 on agri-food trade. IPS started to conduct a trade analysis for Sri Lanka focusing on the most important export and import commodities with key trade partners, using the BACI database. The second activity of the programme includes a capacity building and training workshop which brings together the researchers from IPS and similar research organisations and universities to build their capacity on analysing the impact of COVID-19 on agri-food trade and value chains. Finally, dissemination and policy engagement through Policy Engagement Forum (PEF) and knowledge products.

Research team

Manoj Thibbotuwawa
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Nimesha Dissanayaka
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Ruwan Samaraweera
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