PRCI Programme – The Transition from Conventional to Organic Farming: The Case of Banning Chemical Fertiliser in Sri Lanka

The Policy Research Capacity and Influence (PRCI) programme focuses on strengthening the institutional capacity of national policy institutions to respond to decision makers’ need to generate evidence and knowledge on the issues related to food systems transformation and its resilience. This programme is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by a consortium of partners (Michigan State University, International Food Policy Research Institute, and Cornell University). This five-year programme is now in its third year of implementation in Sri Lanka. This year, the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS) will undertake three main activities in line with the PRCI objectives, in association with several stakeholders in Sri Lanka. The first two activities will include research on estimating and understanding the socio-economic impacts of the chemical fertiliser ban, particularly on the rice sector in Sri Lanka, and assessing the impact of the Russia-Ukraine war on food security in Sri Lanka. The final activity will include disseminating a report and policy engagement through special policy engagement forums (PEFs) and knowledge products.

Research team

Manoj Thibbotuwawa
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Nimesha Dissanayaka
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Funding

USAID