Piyumi is a junior researcher at LIRNEasia. Her research interests are on agricultural supply chain development, sustainability and climate change related studies. Her current work focuses on inclusion in agriculture supply chains, particularly in assessing the impact of making available agricultural research-based knowledge on better farming practice for high-value crops and other data deemed to be useful, using ICTs. Prior to joining LIRNEasia, she worked at the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) of Sri Lanka as a project officer in both agricultural and trade policy units where she carried out surveys with farmer communities (Spice and coir sectors) and youth groups. She has also carried out short-term assignments with CARE Sri Lanka and Oxfam on plantation workers and female entrepreneurs respectively.
She holds double degrees; Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (Specialized in Agricultural Economics and Extension) at the Rajarata University of Sri Lanka and Graduateship in Chemistry at the Institute of Chemistry Ceylon. She is a member of Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA-USA), Sri Lanka Economic Association and an affiliate member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing UK. Piyumi is currently reading for her Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics at the Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture (PGIA), University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.