economics research activities in Sri Lanka are carried out by different
institutions within the National Agriculture Research System (NARS),
universities, other goverment agencies and international organisations.
National Agriculture Research System (NARS) consists of research
centers each focusing on identified commodities or agriculture in a
region within the country. Commodity
research institutes are
autonomous boards established under parlimentary acts. Department of
Agriculture research network consists of reseach centers focusing on
commodity groups and those focus on agro-ecological regions in the
country. Department of Export Agriculture conducts research on a
group of identified perrenial crops while Livestock research is
conducted by the Veterinery Research Institute.
Agrarian Research and Trainning Institute (HARTI) and Agriculture
Division of the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka
(IPS) conducts socioeconomic research on agriculture related
issues in Sri Lanka.
HARTI is a parastatal research organization while the Institute
of Policy Studies in Sri Lanka is an autonomous economic research
institute. Economic Research Department of the Central Bank of
Sri Lanka and People's Bank Research Department carry out
research mainly on aspects of agricultural fincnce.
Enviornment Authority and the Ministry of Enviornment conducts research
and also assist other researchers in conducting research related to
enviornmental and natural resource issues. University academic
departments also actively invlove in research activites both as a part
of their respective trainning programs and as academic research
as part of their mission in integrating education and research.
research by International Agricultural Research Centers (IARCs)
International Agricultural Research Centers of the CGIAR system conduct
collaborative research with national paetners. International Water
Management Institute (IWMI) with its headquarters in Colombo has
contributed in a massive way to build agecon research capacity in Sri
Lanka. IWMI 's research activites mainly focuses on the Ruhuna
Benchmark Basin,, that comprises of four major river basins flowing
southward from central hills. Work of IWMI's Sri Lanka National Program
extends to other areas of the country.
Food Policy Research Institute involves in research capacity building
of national researchers based in NARS in Sri Lanka under its South Asia
Initiative. while International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) conducts
a long-term research collaboration with the National Rice Research and
NGOs operating in Sri Lanka, notably, Sri Lanka Office of
the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. (IUCNSL) and
Intermedeate Technology Development Group contribute to agecon
research, especially in the
areas of natural resource management.
Council for Agricultural Research Policy (SLCARP) facilitates interactions among
various institutions within the NARS and also is the main
focal point for research collaboration with other countries and
IARCs. National Science foundation of Sri Lanka facilitates
interactions between scientists in the agriculture sector and the other
sectors through its interdiciplinery research committees. SLCARP
and NSFSL also functions as major grant making bodies for scientific
research in sSri Lanka.