Uva Wellassa University Students and Faculty Visit IPS

30 November 2018
IPS, Colombo

While highlighting the reasons for the growing focus on food security and value chain research at IPS, Research Fellow, Manoj Thibbotuwawa, noted that poor, backward and forward linkages in Sri Lanka’s agriculture has become a cause of concern in improving agricultural productivity and ensuring food security in Sri Lanka.

He made these remarks while giving an introduction to the IPS research in agriculture to a group of undergraduate students and lecturers from the Uva Wellassa University.

The students, who are studying and conducting research on export agriculture in Sri Lanka, visited IPS on 30 November 2018 as a part of their industry exposure activities.

While welcoming the visitors, IPS Executive Director, Dushni Weerakoon, highlighted that IPS is open for collaboration with the universities in research as well as training as it has done in the past.

IPS Research Economist, Kanchana Wickramasinghe, highlighted the need for research-based inputs in regard to climate adaptation in Sri Lanka.  While making a presentation on IPS’s climate change research programme, Kanchana pointed out that IPS has covered several areas including agriculture, urban development, etc. in its climate adaptation research and produced important knowledge products.

IPS Research Fellow, Dr. Athula Senaratne, explained the different ways that the university could collaborate with IPS highlighting the previous experiences.

The students also visited the IPS Library and the Dr. Saman Kelegama Auditorium during the study tour.