Once known as ‘the granary of the East’, Sri Lanka’s food production has suffered over recent decades, with civil war, natural disaster, and failed policy all contributing to a fall in domestic food production and a rise in imports. In 2016, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena published an ambitious three-year agricultural plan to build a ‘toxin-free nation.’ The plan reimagines the country’s agricultural future based on the principles of agroecology: an approach which prioritizes sustainable and people-centered practices over corporate profit.
Ben O’Hanlon is a freelance writer based in London. He has an MA in International Relations and Development Studies from the University of East Anglia. Ben has researched food production in Ghana, Kenya, and Sri Lanka, learning about the experiences of small-scale farmers. He is a lover of travel, US literature, and dogs.