Strengthening Fiscal Policies and Regulations to Promote Healthy Diets in Sri Lanka

The study examines the effectiveness of three recently-introduced fiscal and regulatory interventions for reducing unhealthy food habits: a) a tax on sugar sweetened beverages (SSBs), b) a traffic light labeling system indicating sugar levels in SSBs, c) healthy canteen in schools (HCS) initiative aimed at improving the healthy food choices available for students in schools. The study also assesses the gaps in policy implementation and effectiveness of the above three policy measures. The study provides recommendations for strengthening the design and implementation of these policies for improving the food environment in the country and reducing unhealthy eating habits in Sri Lanka.

Research team

Nisha Arunatilake
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Priyanka Jayawardena
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Sunimalee Madurawala
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Ashani Abayasekara
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International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

Published Year

2020 – 2022