Dr. (Mrs.) WN de Silva

BSc, MSc, PhD

Senior Lecturer in Agric Economics & Extension
Dept of Agricultural Economics & Extension
Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka

Phone

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+94 41 22 92 200 / +94 91 22 56 082

Fax

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+94 41 22 92 384

E-mail

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nilanthade@agecon.ruh.ac.lk

   

FULL NAME

WARADANA NILANTHA DE SILVA

 

PERSONAL

Born December 30, 1966

Married, 2 children

 

NATIONALITY

Sri Lankan

 

LANGUAGE ABILITY

English excellent

Hindi read and speak fluently

Sinhala mother tongue excellent

 

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Received an award to participate in the Regional Training Course on Environmental Economics at SEAMEO regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), University of Los Banos, Philippines held during May-July, 1997. This training was conducted by The Economy and Environment programme for Southeast Asia (EEPSEA), The Economic Development Institute of the World Bank (EDI) and SEARCA

 

HIGHER EDUCATION

  • Obtained Ph.D from Faculty of Management, University of Allahabad, India in 2004

  • Obtained an MSc (Environmental Economics) from the Post Graduate Institute of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka in 1997Obtained a Second Class Upper Division Honours Degree in BSc (Agric.) from the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna, Matara, Sri Lanka in 1993

  • Obtained a Overall Band of 7.0 in International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic, in Dec. 1999, Conducted by the University of Cambridge, The British Council and Education Australia

  • 2006 January onward Head, Department of Agricultural Biology, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna

  • Successfully completed the course of study leading to the award of the Certificate I Teaching in Higher Education, at the Staff Development Centre, University of Colombo, 2003

  • Awarded Accreditation as a Teacher in Higher Education after successful completion of the Staff and Educational Development Association recognized programme at University of Colombo, 2003

  • Successfully completed the Intensive Training Course on Environmental Impact Assessment, Conducted by the Central Environmental Authority of the Ministry of Forestry and Environment in association with the Centre for Environmental Studies, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, from 7th to 16th October, 1999

  • Successfully completed the Short Course on Sampling Techniques, Survey Design and Analysis, Conducted by Postgraduate Institute of Sri Lanka, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, from 22nd May 2000 to 26th May 2000

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Agricultural Economics, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna, Mapalana, Kamburupitiya, Sri Lanka

  • Worked as a Consultant to Agri-Bussiness Programme at Rural EnterprisesDevelopment Services (REDS), Sarvodaya, Ratmalana. (01.01.94 31.03.94)

  • Worked as a Temporary Assistant Lecturer at the Department of Agric. Economics, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna, Mapalana, Kamburupitiya. (01.04.94 - 31.10.94)

  • Served as a Research Co-ordinator to an investigation focused on Environmental Hazards of Pesticide Misuse and Integrated Pest Management at the Dept. of Agric. Economics, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna, Mapalana, Kamburupitiya. This was a collaborative research project with Agricultural Extension and Rural Development Department of University of Reading, United Kingdom. (01.04.96 - 31.04.97)

  • Participated in the Workshop on Participatory Rural Appraisal at Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna held on December 1997. Conducted by Institute for Participatory Interaction in Development, Colombo and the Dept. of Agric. Economics, Faculty of Agriculture, Mapalana

  • Served as a Co-ordinator to the Workshop on Ruhuna University Human Resources Development Programme held on 4th April at Koggala Beach Hotel. Jointly organized by Canadian International Development Agency and University of Ruhuna

  • Obtained experience in handling computer software packages DOS and WINDOWS, and thorough in applications such as MS Word, Excel, Lotus 5 release, Harward Graphics and other standard statistical packages SAS, EPI INFO and NUDIST

 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP

  • Life member, Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science (SLAAS)

 

PARTICIPATION IN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES AND SEMINARS

  • Received an award to participate in the Regional Training Course on Environmental Economics at SEAMEO regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), University of Los Banos, Philippines held during May-July, 1997. This training was conducted by The Economy and Environment programme for Southeast Asia (EEPSEA), The Economic Development Institute of the World Bank (EDI) and SEARCA

  • Research Co-ordinator and Member of the Research Team; Equity Implications of Reforms in the Financing and Delivery of Agricultural Extension Services. This is a five-country collaborative research project executed in Asia (Nepal, Sri Lanka), Africa (Ghana, Uganda) and Latin America (Colombia) co-ordinate by the Agricultural Extension and Rural Development Department (AERDD), University of Reading, United Kingdom

BOOKS

 

Wijeratne, M. and De Silva, W.N. 1998. Equity Implications of Reforms in the Financing and Delivery of Agricultural Extension Services: Sri Lanka, Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development (AERDD), University of Reading, United Kingdom, Feb. 1998. 57 pp (A Monograph).

 

Wijeratne, M. and De Silva, W.N. 2001. An Approach to Participatory Integrated Pest Management , A.J. Prints, Dehiwala, Sri Lanka, 187.

 

Wijeratne, M. De Silva, W.N and Sandika, A.L. 2005. (Use of Participatory Rural Appraisal Principles in Agriculture Development), A.J. Prints, Dehiwala, Sri Lanka, 91.

 

PAPERS PRESENTED IN CONFERENCES

 

Wijeratne, M. and De Silva, W.N. 1998. Reforms in the Financing and Delivery of Agricultural Extension Services: Sri Lanka, in Abigail Mulhall, Kate Warren and Chris Garforth (Eds), Reforms in the Financing and Delivery of Agricultural Extension Services: cases from Africa, Asia and Latin America, Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development (AERDD), University of Reading, United Kingdom. 139-166pp.

 

Wijeratne, M. and De Silva, W.N. 1998. Agricultural Extension Reforms: The Case of Sri Lanka, A paper presented at the workshop on Equity Implications in the Financing and Delivery of Agricultural Extension Services held at the University of Reading, United Kingdom, 18-27, Feb. 1998.

 

Wijeratne, M. and De Silva, W.N. 2002. Differences in farmer performance in two rice-growing areas in Sri Lanka, International Rice Research Notes, Vol.27.2/2002, 42-43Wijeratne, M. and De Silva, W.N. 2003. Farmer categorization based on farmer performance index : identifying the targets of agricultural extension International Rice Research Notes, Vol.28.1/2003, 72.

 

Wijeratne, M. and De Silva,W.N. 2004. Status of rice seed production in Sri Lanka: Some bottlenecks. International Rice Research Notes.

Vol.29.2/2004, 82.

 

Wijeratne, M., Garforth, C. and De Silva, N. 1997. Misuse of pesticides and integrated pest Management: An Economic and Environmental study, AERDD working paper 97. University of Reading, United Kingdom. 65pp.

 

Wijeratne, M., De Silva, W.N. and Sandika, A.L. 2004. Impact of farmer Field Schools on Farmer's knowledge: the IPM experience in Sri Lanka, International Rice Research Notes, Vol. 29.1/2004, 78.

 

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

 

De Silva, W.N. 1993. Environmental Impacts of Irrigation Development: A study with particular reference to the Kirindi Oya Project; An unpublished B.Sc (Agric.) dissertation, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna, Matara.

 

De Silva, W.N. 1996. An Economic Analysis of Recreational Benefits of the Horton Plains National Park; An unpublished MSc (Environmental Economics) dissertation, Post Graduate Institute of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya, Peradiniya.

 

De Silva, W.N. and Wijeratne, M. 1997. An Evaluation of Recreational Benefits: A case study of a Natural Park, Proceedings, 53rd annual session of the Sri Lanka Association for Advancement of Science (SLAAS), Colombo, Sri Lanka, December, 1997, 378pp.

 

Wijeratne, M. and De Silva, W.N. 1998. Implications of agricultural extension reforms: extension coverage under different management systems. Proceedings, 54th annual session of the Sri Lanka Association for Advancement of Science (SLAAS), Colombo, Sri Lanka, December, 1998, 349-350pp.

 

Wijeratne, M. and De Silva, W.N. 1999. A technology dissemination effort in IPM in rice cultivation, Proceedings, Seminar on; Pest Control in the Next Millennium, Organized by Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science (SLAAS) and University of Ruhuna, Colombo, 36-45pp.

 

Wijeratne, M., Garforth, C. and De Silva, N. 1998. Farmer field school as an extension approach: dissemination of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques in rice farming. Procedings, 54th annual session of the Sri Lanka Association for Advancement of Science (SLAAS), Colombo, Sri Lanka, December, 1998, 347-348pp.

 

Wijeratne, M., Garforth, C. and De Silva, N. 1999. Effectiveness of Integrated pest Management (IPM): an economic analysis. Proceedings, 55th annual session of the Sri Lanka Association for Advancement of Science (SLAAS), Colombo,Sri Lanka, December, 1999, 253pp.

 

Wijeratne, M.; De Silva W.N.; and Sandika, A.L. 2003. Farmer categorization for an agricultural extension programme. Proceedings, 59th annual session of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science (SLAAS), Colombo, Sri Lanka, Dec., 266.

Agricultural Economics, Resource Economics, Econometrics and Natural Resource Management and Agric. Extension and Agricultural and Environmental Policies