The primary focus of the division is to undertake research studies on how efficiently the agricultural resources are managed in relation to productivity, profitability, and sustainability in the farming systems of the agrarian sector of Sri Lanka with the ultimate objective of alleviating hunger, malnutrition and poverty of the population. Land, labour, agricultural inputs, farm power and extension are the main agricultural resources and services of concern. Food crops, livestock and integrated farming systems receive central focus of many research studies carried out by the division. Agricultural transformation is duly taken into consideration for designing agricultural policies based on the study findings.  The division under take research on following thematic areas

  • Agricultural Transformation
  • Agricultural Policy
  • Production Economics
  • Agricultural knowledge systems
  • Farming Systems
  • Agro Industries
  • Food Security
  • Women in Agriculture















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At a time when the attention of the scientific community was focused on technological advances in agriculture based primarily on the development of high yielding varieties, it came to be perceived that social, economic and institutional factors required equal attention if such technological advances were to serve farmers and consumers alike over the long term. The HARTI was established in order to generate a range of policy analysis that would cover those key determinants of human and resource development in the agrarian sector. The institute was established in 1972 as a statutory board in collaboration with the UNDP/FAO, which functions under the Ministry of Agriculture.
It has developed into the premier national Institute in the field of socio-economic research relating to the use of land and water in Sri Lanka and has also developed the requisite skills and infrastructure for providing relevant training to farmers, field workers and managers in both the state and non-state sectors. The name of the Institute was changed as Hector Kobbekaduwa Agrarian Research and Training Institute in February 1995.

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