Sunimalee Madurawala Advocates for Healthy Dietary Policies at the Delivering for Nutrition in South Asia 2023 Conference

1-2 November 2023

For effectively implementing fiscal policies and regulations to improve healthy dietary patterns in Sri Lanka, it is crucial to prioritise Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) and Nutrition in policy development. Key strategies, highlighted by IPS Research Economist Sunimalee Madurawala include ensuring stakeholder engagement, raising awareness, managing industry interference, and garnering strong political support. She made these observations during the ‘Delivering for Nutrition in South Asia 2023: Equity and Inclusion conference, held in a hybrid format inĀ  Kathmandu, Nepal and virtually, from 1-2 November 2023. The conference was organised by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in collaboration with CGIAR and co-hosted by various regional and global partners, including the IPS.

During her virtual presentation titled ‘Ideas, Institutions, and Power: A Study of the Political Economy of Fiscal Policies and Regulations to Improve Healthy Dietary Patterns in Sri Lanka,’ Ms Madurawala emphasised the importance of tailoring policies related to NCDs and nutrition to the specific political, economic, and social factors of the country. She made this presentation during the conference’s thematic session on ‘Rethinking Food Environment,’ which was chaired by Kenda Cunningham, a Senior Technical Specialist at Helen Keller International. Ms Madurawala’s presentation was based on the IPS study on ‘Strengthening Fiscal Policies and Regulations to Promote Healthy Diets in Sri Lanka,’ funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada.