Manoj Thibbotuwawa is a Research Fellow at the IPS with research interests in agricultural economics, agricultural trade, food security and environmental and natural resource economics. Manoj has more than 10 years of research experience at IPS.

He holds a BSc (Agriculture) with Honours from the University of Peradeniya, an MSc (Agricultural Economics) from the Post Graduate Institute of Agriculture at the University of Peradeniya, and a PhD from the University of Western Australia. He has also obtained a Post-graduate Diploma in “Modeling and Accounting for Sustainable Development” from the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague.

Manoj is a recipient of the prestigious NUFFIC Fellowship from the Government of Netherlands and Endeavour Award from the Government of Australia.

Advisory work

Technical Evaluation Committee – Economic Research
Member of the Committee (2016- )
Tea Research Institute of Sri Lanka

Working Group on Food Value Chain Development
Member of the Committee (2015- )
Ministry of Primary Industries of Sri Lanka

National Strategic Review of Food Security and Nutrition: Towards Zero Hunger for Sri Lanka
Member of the Research Committee (2016-2017)
Presidents Office of Sri Lanka

Research

Thibbotuwawa, M., Samaratunga, P., Hirimuthugodage, D., Jayatissa, R., Bandara, S., Hewage, S., Kumara, A., Deepawansa, D. and De Silva, G., Barton, B., Nanayakkara, N., Singhkumarwong, A., Nihmath, M. and Jayasinghe, S.  (2017), National Strategic Review of Food Security and Nutrition towards Zero Hunger, An Independent Review, World Food Programme (WFP), Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Thibbotuwawa, M., Hirimuthugodage, D. and Bandara, S. (2016), Demand for Micro-Insurance in Sri Lanka, report prepared for International Financial Corporation (IFC) project on “Micro Insurance Support Diagnostics”.

Thibbotuwawa, M., Jayawardena, P., Arunatilake, N. and Gunasekera, N. (2016), Living Wage Estimation for the Plantation Sector in Sri Lanka, report prepared for Global Living Wage Coalition (GLWC), ISEAL Alliance, London, UK

Research study on Value Chain Analysis of Cinnamon, Pepper and Cardamom in Sri Lanka funded by JICA (2017)

Research study of Supply and Price Behaviour Relating to Selected Crops and Livestock Products in Sri Lanka funded by National Science Foundation (NSF) Sri Lanka (2016-2017)

Thibbotuwawa, M. and Mugera, A. (2014). Fertilizer use efficiency of rice farms in Sri Lanka: A slack based DEA analysis. In Emrouznejad, A., R. Banker R., S. M. Doraisamy and B. Arabi (Eds.), Recent Developments in Data Envelopment Analysis and its Applications: Proceedings of the 12th International Conference of DEA, June 2014. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Thibbotuwawa, M. and Mugera, A. (2013). A Comparative Analysis of Productive Efficiency and Technology Gap in Irrigated and Rain-fed Rice Farming Systems in Sri Lanka: Non Parametric Approach. Paper presented at the 57th Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society (AARES)  Annual Conference, Sydney.

Thibbotuwawa, M., Printhika, B.L.D.S., Jayasinghe Mudalige, U.K., Udugama, J.M.M., (2012). Impact of microfinance on household welfare: Assessing the case of Samurdhi program in Sri Lanka, Paper presented at the 56th AARES Conference, Fremantle, Australia, 8-11 February 2012.

Thibbotuwawa, M. and Mugera, A. (2012). A Non Parametric Analysis of Rice Production Efficiency in Sri Lanka. Paper presented at the 56th AARES Conference, Fremantle.

Thibbotuwawa, R.M.M.I. (2011), Review of Muhammad Shoaib Butt and Jayatilleke Bandara, ‘Trade Liberalization and Regional Disparity in Pakistan’, South Asian Economic Journal, Volume 12 (1), March 2011

Thibbotuwawa, M. and Marawila, D. (2010), “Assesing Urban Recreation in Sri Lanka: Case of Diyawanna Oya”, Working Paper, South Asia Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE), Kathmandu, Nepal 

Thibbotuwawa, M. (2009), Review of Butt, M.S. and Bandara, J., ‘Trade Liberalization and Regional Disparity in Pakistan’, South Asian Economic Journal, 12 (1), March 2011

Samaratunga, P. and Thibbotuwawa, M. (2009), Food Security Situation in Sri Lanka, Report prepared for Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), New Delhi, India. 

Samaratunga, P. and Thibbotuwawa, M. (2009), Impact of Post Doha Agricultural Liberalization on Efficiency and Comparative Advantage of Rice and Potato Sectors in Sri Lanka: A Policy Analysis Matrix Approach, Report prepared for South Asia Network of Economic Research Institutes (SANEI), Pakistan. 

Arunatilake N., Gunawardena, A., Marawila, D., Samaratunga, P., Senaratne, A., and Thibbotuwawa, M. (2008), ‘Analysis of the Fisheries Sector in Sri Lanka’, Guided case studies in value chain development for conflict-affected environments, Micro Report No: 100, United States Agency for International Development

Thibbotuwawa M. (2007), Review of Sarvananthan, M., ‘Post-1977 Period Economic Reforms in Sri Lanka’, South Asian Economic Journal, 8 (2), July-December 2007

Samaratunga, P., Karunagoda, K. and Thibbotuwawa, M. (2007), ‘Mapping and Analysis of the South Asian Agricultural Trade Liberalization Efforts’ in ESCAP (eds), Agricultural Trade: Planting the Seeds of Regional Liberalization in Asia (pp. 33-74), ARTNeT Studies in Trade and Investment 60, UNESCAP, Bangkok, Thailand

Samaratunga, P. and Thibbotuwawa, M. (2007), Innovative Practices in Integrating Small Farmers into Dynamic Supply Chains: A Case Study of MA’S Tropical Food Company, Report prepared under the Regoverning Markets Project of International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), London, UK.

Samaratunga, P., Karunagoda, K. and Thibbotuwawa, M. (2006) ‘Regional Agricultural Trade Liberalization Efforts in South Asia: Retrospect and Prospect’, ARTNeT Policy Brief, No. 10, Asia Pacific Research and Training Network, UNESCAP, Bangkok, Thailand

Samaratunga, P., Karunagoda, K. and Thibbotuwawa, M. (2006), ‘Mapping and Analysis of South Asian Agricultural trade Liberalization Efforts’, ARTNeT Working Paper Series, No. 26, UNESCAP, Bangkok, Thailand

Presentations

National Strategic Review of Food Security and Nutrition towards Zero Hunger
Multi stakeholder Group Meeting
BMICH, Colombo
January 16, 2017

Inception report of the spice value chain analysis project
Advisory Group Meeting
The Secretariat, National Planning Department, Colombo
December 15, 2016

Are the plantation workers adequately remunerated? Estimation of Living Wage for the Plantation Sector in Sri Lanka
10th Annual Research Forum of the Sri Lanka Agricultural Economics Association (SAEA)
HARTI Auditorium, Colombo, Sri Lanka
December 09, 2016

Demand Analysis of Rice and Fish Products
Lessons Sharing & Policy Consultation Workshop
Club Palm Bay Hotel, Marawila, Sri Lanka
November, 03 2016

Agricultural Transformation in Sri Lanka
Special Session on Dynamics of Transforming Agriculture in Asia, 23rd Annual Conference of the Agricultural Economics Research Association (AERA),
Mumbai, India
December 03, 2015

SAARC Seed Bank: Opportunities and Challenges
Consultation Workshop on Conservation, Use and Exchange of Crop Genetic Resources: Promoting Regional Cooperation for a Food-Secure, Climate-Resilient South Asia
Kathmandu, Nepal
August 26 – 27, 2015

Production Efficiency and Technology Gap in Irrigated and Rainfed Rice Farming Systems in Sri Lanka
57th AARES annual conference, Sydney, Australia
February 09, 2013

A Non-Parametric Analysis of Rice Production Efficiency in Sri Lanka
56th AARES annual conference, Fremantle, Australia
February 07-10, 2012

Impact of Microfinance on Household Welfare: Assessing the Case of Samurdhi Program in Sri Lanka
56th AARES annual conference, Fremantle, Australia
February 07-10, 2012

Economic Valuation of Urban Nature Based Recreation and Demand for Land: Case of Diyawanna Oya Wetland Eco-System
03rd Annual Research Forum of the Sri Lanka Agriculture Economic Association, Hector Kobbekaduwa Agrarian Research and Training Institute (HARTI), Colombo
November 02, 2009

The Recreational Use Value of Diyawanna Oya Wet Land Eco System: An Application of Travel Cost Method
17th Biannual Research and Training Workshop of SANDEE
Kathmandu, Nepal,
December 10, 2008

Economic Value & Willingness to Pay for Irrigation Water in Sri Lanka
Training course on Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, organized by UNEP and SANDEE, Bangkok, Thailand,
May 22, 2007

Policy Options for Sustainable Paddy farming: Scope for Land Consolidation in Sri Lanka
University of Peradeniya Research Sessions 2004, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
November 10, 2004

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