Malaysia

By Amanda Yeo11 May 2021
As ordinary Malaysians struggle to make ends meet as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of empty shop lots continue to grow all over the capital city of Kuala Lumpur displaying signs that say “available for rent”.  With the growing importance of food self-sufficiency, now is the time for Malaysia to turn empty spaces into urban farms – tackling food security related issues… Read more
By Ameen Kamal14 April 2021
A recent visit to a chilli and rock melon farm in Banting, Selangor – part of the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) Digital Agtech initiative's pilot project – demonstrated a good example of the combined implementation of 4IR and digital technologies that MDEC has been championing for the nation. In collaboration with the Kuala Langat Area Farmers Organisation (PPK Kuala Langat)… Read more
By DR ADI MD SIKIN8 October 2020
The Asean Economic Recovery Plan is meant to ensure a smooth flow of food supplies among the Asean countries for the post-Covid-19 and because of this and the pandemic, Malaysia needs to re-strategise in order to localise its food supply chain in response to restricted border policies which may take some time to ease. Due to those restrictions for the time being, local producers will not be able… Read more
By Dr Hoe-Han Goh10 September 2020
THE Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted the global economy and people's livelihoods. It has accelerated the digital transformation of many nations, with citizens having to learn and work from home, and businesses going online. The pandemic has exposed sectors that lack preparedness in the regional, national and global supply chains. Some sectors that seem distinct actually operate dependently. In… Read more
By Dr Muhammad Mehedi Masud28 August 2020
The growing threat of food waste to the economy, society and the environment has now led governments, businesses, NGOs, academics and the public to attach significant importance to its management. Food waste remains a global challenge as it contributes to climate change, loss of biodiversity, declining water quality, soil degradation, and food insecurity. According to the Solid Waste… Read more
By Dr. Devika Nadarajah8 July 2020
Countries around the world strive for socioeconomic prosperity — Malaysia is no exception. With the end of the year 2020, Malaysia bids a nostalgic goodbye to its Vision 2020 and the 11th Malaysia Plan (2016–2020). The government, through its Economic Planning Unit, is now crafting the 12th Malaysia Plan (2021–2025) with a national agenda of inclusivity and meaningful socioeconomic… Read more
5 June 2020
KUALA LUMPUR: Sunway Group has today announced that it will build a 50,000 sq ft urban farming innovation hub. Called Sunway FutureX, the hub will be completed in the third quarter of 2020. Led by Sunway Innovation Labs (Sunway iLabs), Sunway FutureX would be the first of its kind in Malaysia, the group claimed. "It will serve as a skills-building hub for urban farming professionals, tech… Read more
6 June 2020
Some 200 million people in Indonesia regularly begin their day by eating food made with fortified wheat flour, getting their daily dose of vitamins and minerals through bread, noodles, or other standard fare. These nutrients are vital to building a strong immune system, which is critical in the face of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Despite stringent preventive measures, the virus has… Read more
26 May 2020
In the globally connected market we live in today, the value of food lies in the price for an average person or Malaysian, thus incentivizing the import of cheaper food. The Covid-19 situation could prompt the government to rethink some of its food security policies as well as explore resilient ways to feed the nation. Covid-19 has completely pressured the agri-food value chain. Given the… Read more
31 March 2020
An academic has warned of periods of food shortage if the government fails to address disruptions in distribution due to the movement control order (MCO). Fatimah Mohamed Arshad, a researcher at Universiti Putra Malaysia’s Institute of Agricultural and Food Policy Studies, said logistical disruptions would cause delays in the restocking of food items. “Timing is important in any supply… Read more
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