Nimesha Dissanayaka is a Research Officer at the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS). She holds a BSc (Hons) in Agricultural Technology and Management specialised in Applied Economics and Business Management from the University of Peradeniya. Her research interests are food security, agriculture policies and institutions, agriculture productivity, and agribusiness value chains.

Research

Dissanayaka, N., Weerahewa, J. and Hemachandra, D., (2022). ‘Spatial Integration of Vegetable Markets of Sri Lanka During COVID-19 Pandemic’, Tropical Agricultural Research, 33(1), pp. 120-134.

Thibbotuwawa, M., Senaratne, A., Sharma, P., Kharel, P., Dissanayaka, N., Samaraweera, R., and Singh, D., (2021). ‘The Future of Food Security in an Age of Pandemics: Building a Modern and Resilient Food System in Sri Lanka and Nepal’, Southern Voice, Occasional Paper Series No. 73.

Dissanayaka. N., (2021). ‘Evaluation of Profitability and competitiveness of Vegetable Farming System of Sri Lanka. Vietnam Journal for Indian and Asian Studies (VJIAS)’, Vietnam), pp-45 to 59.

Dissanayaka, N., and Thibbotuwawa, M., (2021). ‘Trade Flow Analysis: Impact of COVID-19 Shock on Agriculture Value-chains of Sri Lanka’, Michigan: Michigan State University.

Dissanayaka, N., (2021). ‘COVID-19 and Market Closures: Evidence from the Vegetable Sector in Sri Lanka,’ in ‘Sri Lanka: State of Economy 2021’, Colombo: Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka, pp- 316-325.

Policy Research Capacity and Influence: Sri Lanka activity. USAID-funded. IPS is collaboratively work with IFPRI on Assessing COVID-19 Impacts on Agri-Food trade and selected value chains. Initial training held on 14, 22 and 28 September 2020.

Dialogue Series: Agricultural Value Chain Linkages to Improved Food Systems in Sri Lanka (IFAD), on 03rd December 2020.

Analysing the Abhisheka project and the state of single stick ban in Sri Lanka (KIVU), 2020.

The Future of Food Security: Building a Modern and Resilient Food System in an Age of Pandemics (Southern Voice), 2020.

COVID-19 household Impact Study (East West University, Bangladesh), 2020.

Progress in Tobacco Harm Reduction in Southeast Asia: A Scoping Study and Situation Analysis (East West University, Bangladesh), 2020.

Dissanayaka, Nimesha (2020). ‘Progress in Tobacco Harm Reduction in Southeast Asia: A Scoping Study and Situation Analysis’, Sri Lanka Country Chapter. Dhaka: East West University.

Dissanayaka, Nimesha (2020). ‘COVID-19 and Supply Disruptions: The Case of Sri Lanka’s Tea Sector’, in Sri Lanka: State of the Economy 2020. Weerakoon, Dushni (Ed.), Colombo: Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka.

Thibbotuwawa, Manoj and Dissanayaka, Nimesha (2019) ‘ Smart Digital Farming in Agriculture: Status and Prospects for Sri Lanka’, in Sri Lanka: State of the Economy, (Ed.) Dushni Weerakoon, Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka, Colombo

Presentations

Presentation on ‘Spatial Integration of Vegetable Markets of Sri Lanka During COVID-19 Pandemic

33rd Annual Congress on Research and Innovation for Resilient Agriculture
Organised by the Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya
17 November 2021
Online

Presentation on ‘The Impact of COVID-19 on Sri Lanka’s Import and Export Sectors’

Dissemination workshop on ‘Sri Lanka’s Agri-Food Trade: Structure, Opportunities, Challenges and Impacts of COVID-19’
Organised by the International Food Policy Research Institute
15 November 2021
Online

Remarks on ‘Viet Nam-Sri Lanka Collaboration in Agricultural Development

Launch of a special issue of Viet Nam Journal for Indian and Asian Studies (VJIAS)
Organised by the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Viet Nam, Viet Nam Institute for Indian and Southwest Asian Studies (VIISAS) and Viet Nam Academy of Social Sciences (VASS)
22 October 2021
Online

Presentation on ‘Transforming Tobacco Farmers through Alternative Cropping Strategies: An Analysis of Tobacco Value Chain

In-house Seminar
Organised by the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka
08 April 2021
Online

Presentation on ‘Developing National Response Plans to Increase Resilience Against Prospective Climate Change Hazards and Disasters

The International Model United Nations (TIMUN) – V Session
05 February 2021
Online

Dissanayaka, Nimesha (2020). ‘Determinants of Breaching forward Sales Contracts by Maize Farmers in Anuradhapura and Monaragala Districts”, International Symposium on Agriculture and Environment. 14 February 2020. University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka.

Dissanayaka, Nimesha (2020). ‘Determinants of Drinking Water Sources among Farmer Community in Anuradhapura District: Evidence from Kekirawa DS Division’. International Symposium on Agriculture and Environment. 14 February 2020. University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka Country Presentation on Tea Trade at training organised by IFPRI on 28 September 2020. Webinar.

Presentation on ‘Determinants of Drinking Water Sources among Farmer Community in Anuradhapura District; Evidence from CKDu Affected Area, Kekirawa DS division’

International Symposium on Agriculture and Environment
Organized by Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna
14 February 2020

Presentation on ‘False Information on Tobacco’

Lobby Group Workshop on Strengthening Tobacco Control Policies
Organized by IPS
06 November 2019
IPS, Colombo 07

Presentation on ‘Smart Agriculture

New thinker’s Symposium 2019
Organized by IPS
21 March 2019
IPS, Colombo 07

Presentation on ‘Smallholder Farmer Participation in Maize Contract Farming in Anuradhapura District of Sri Lanka’
In House Seminar
23 January 2019

Commentary