Hector Kobbekaduwa Agrarian Research and Training Institute HARTI

  • Vision: Be the leader for generating and disseminating knowledge for sustainable agrarian and rural development.
  • Mission: To strengthen agrarian and rural sector through conducting research and training activities.
  • Goals: … (about /Overview 1/2).

english Homepage;
Divisions; Publications; Newsletter; Facilities; Hot Topics; many downloads in english: Retail Market Situation, … and many more … ;
many downloads in Sinhala: Retail Market at a Glance, … and many more … ;
Address: Hector Kobbekaduwa Agrarian Research and Training Institute HARTI, 114, Wijerama Mawatha, Colombo 07, Sri Lanka;

About /Overview 2/2: … Goals:  

  • To be a centre of excellence in socio-economic research into agrarian questions;
  • To liaise closely with planners and policy makers in the government, business and research communities;
  • To make policy process more effective through knowledge generation and timely dissemination;
  • To keep the public informed by providing independent assessments on national policy issues;
  • To strengthen the capacity for socio-economic policy analysis by investing in the capacities of its staff and the institute’s knowledge base;
  • To increase the capacity of rural development stakeholders through training;


  • Timely dissemination of market information to policy makers, farmers and traders;
  • Identification of agrarian policy perspectives;
  • Research planning-priority setting in agrarian issues;
  • Building relationships with public/private sector organizations, universities and regional & international research institutes/agencies;
  • Widen and strengthen the scope of agrarian database;
  • Acquiring the required skills individually and collectively; and
  • Having a committed, competent and contented team of employees.


  • Strengthen the Research and Training Committee (RTC);
  • Agree on thematic areas;
  • Ensure uniformity of different types of publications – layout, cover page, pagination, fonts and styles;
  • Improve literature review in preparation of research proposal;
  • Arrange external review after peer review of all research reports before publication;
  • Assign the responsibility for each issue of the institute journal to the respective Division;
  • Obtain donor assistance to secure the services of a professional editor;
  • Increase research outputs in local languages;
  • Recruit researchers at senior level;
  • Explore possibility of getting research expatriates through the UNDP;
  • Establish linkages with universities;
  • Disseminate research findings at the end of the year colloquium;
  • Introduce measurable performance based evaluation system;
  • Organize faculty retreat;
  • Improve the quality of the printing of the publications.


  • Collecting, analyzing and disseminating of market information;
  • Investigation on marketing issues;
  • Analysis on consumer behaviour;
  • Evaluation of government development programmes;
  • Impact assessment of agrarian and rural development projects and programmes;
  • Conducting surveys to establish bechmark conditions;
  • Analysis of agricultural policies;
  • Conducting feasibility studies on proposed development projects;
  • Researching on problems related to the input supply and support services;
  • Conducting research on water resources management and irrigated agriculture;
  • Studying environmental and natural resources management issues;
  • Undertaking research on irigation institutions and institutional policies;
  • Organizing training programmes/workshops/seminars based on national priorities;
  • Meeting outside demands by undertaking training programmes on specific subjects;
  • Providing services of experts to the training programmes organized by outside agencies;
  • Improvement of library facilities and audio visual resources;
  • Strengthening use of information technology for dissemination of research findings;
  • Development of the skills and competencies of the staff; and
  • Recruitment, evaluation, rotation and promotion of personnel based on competency requirements and individual capabilities;

Organizational Structure: … (full text about).

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