Manoj Thibbotuwawa

New Face of Hunger: Building a Resilient Food System in Sri Lanka in an Age of Pandemic

Among the many impending crises resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, rising food insecurity due to lockdown measures is one of the most critical. The food system in Sri Lanka has already proven to be vulnerable and inefficient in coping with crises. Further, malnutrition is a persistent problem in Sri Lanka, with severe regional disparities. Policymakers are thus faced with the dual challenge of mitigating the short and medium term impacts of COVID-19 as well as strengthening Sri Lanka’s food systems in the long term. This blog examines how COVID-19 could worsen food security issues in the country and what measures can be taken to overcome these challenges.

Microinsurance in Sri Lanka: Big Opportunities, Small Outreach

Even though most Sri Lankans, especially those in poor and rural communities, are vulnerable to various types of risks, the demand for insurance is significantly low. This article by Manoj Thibbotuwawa examines microinsurance as an alternative to regular insurance and provides recommendations to make microinsurance schemes more viable in Sri Lanka.

Food Security: Does it Matter for Sri Lanka?

This article takes a look at the importance of food security to Sri Lanka, and ways in which the concerned issues can be addressed.

Better Targeting of Transfers: The Fertilizer Subsidy

By Manoj Tibbotuwawa, Research Officer – IPS Credit Sanjeewa Siriwardana The second article in the “Fiscal Imperatives” series deals with another contentious transfer programme, the fertilizer subsidy. In 2009, the fertilizer subsidy accounted for 3% of total government expenditure and …