SUSL Staff Directory

Dr. S.H.P. Malkanthi

Senior Lecturer


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand

Master of Philosophy (M.Phil), University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

Bachelor of Science (B. Sc), Agriculture (Hons.) University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka


Dr. S H P Malkanthi is a senior lecturer of the Department of Agribusiness Management, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka. She has obtained her B Sc and M. Phil degrees from University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka and Ph D degree from Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) Thailand. Her fields of studies are Agricultural Extension, Agricultural Sociology, Rural Development and Agritourism. She has teaching experience of more than 16 years and has published several research papers in national and international journals. In addition she conducts agricultural research projects, seminars, workshops and development programs for university students and also local community.

Membership of Professional Bodies/Associations

  1. Sri Lanka Agricultural Extension Association
  2. Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science

Research Interests

I am interested on conducting research projects mainly related to development of organic agriculture and allied factors in the country. Furthermore, agriculture and rural development, Gender and development are also interested research areas of mine.  

Current Research Projects

I have been awarded a research grant from the Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka (SUSL) to carry out the research project titled “Potential of the Development of Organic Agriculture in Sri Lanka: Farmers’ and Government Officials’ Point of view” under the research grant number: SUSL/RG/2016/12. It is a one year research project form 15th January 2017 to 14th January 2018 and the worth of it is 625,000.00 LKR.

I received the research grant to conduct the research project entitled “An Analysis of the Determinants of Consumer Buying Behavior relating to the Purchase of Organic Food in Urban Sri Lanka” under the funding of National Agricultural Research Plan of the National Agricultural Research System of Sri Lanka 2011-2018, with the guidance and supervision of Sri Lanka Council for Agricultural Research Policy (SLCARP) Ministry of Agriculture. This is a 2 year research project during July 2016 –June 2018 and the worth of it is 1030900.00 LKR.

Recent Publications

Journal papers

Malkanthi, S H P (2017) Potential visitors of spice tourism and their future behavior: a case study in Kolonna Divisional Secretariat Division of Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Journal of Food and Agriculture (SLJFA) Vol .1 Issue 1, July 2015, pp 35-45.

Malkanthi S H P (2017) Importance of Underutilized Crops in Thanamalwila Divisional Secretary Division in Monaragala District of Sri Lanka. Journal of Agricultural Sciences, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, Vol. 6, Number 1, January 2011. pp 45-58


Abstract presented

Dulmini, N N D; Thilakarathna, K A D S; Malkanthi, S H P, Nalaka, K A S; Piyaratna A A C I and Rupasinghe, M T K (2017) Evaluation of the feasibility of use of online extension service for the farmers in Sabaragamuwa Province in Sri Lanka. 6th International conference Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, 3, 4 and 5 May 2017, Kandy, Sri Lanka.

Dharmasena A A C H; Dilhani A G L; Pinnagoda S U; Madushani H M P, Rathnayake R M J C and Malkanthi S H P (2016) Evaluation of Problems and Issues of Tea Small Holders in Kegalle District in Sri Lanka. 3rd International conference (Ag Insight) of Faculty of Agricultural Sciences of the Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, 8-9 December 2016