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2017 Youth Program: Connect with farmers in Bario, Sarawak Print
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 08:50

Calling Volunteers supporting farming community!

Youth with Purpose. Connect with farmers.

Experience unique food and culture in the highlands of Sarawak.


Batch 1: January 14-23, 2017

Batch 2: August 8-18, 2017

Rice is a staple in Malaysian meals, but how much do you know about its production and the challenges the rice sector faces?

As society becomes increasingly money-oriented along with the progression of time, we lose many of our traditional heritages. In Bario, the introduction of mechanised paddy farming has brought socio-economic changes in the community. Traditional paddy farming practices, an essential aspect of the Kelabit culture, face new challenges.

Can traditional cultures stand the test of time and economically sustain the Bario farming community? WHEE and the Southeast Asian Council for Food Security and Fair Trade (SEACON) believe that the answer to that is yes. What is needed for this to happen is that conducive food, agriculture, and trade policies must exist at the domestic, regional, and international levels.

Mark your calendar for January and August 2017 and join us in the beautiful paddy fields of Bario to change the way rice is produced as you gain a different perspective to society and life.

More on Youth & Bario farming community

TWN: Seed Treaty Meanders Toward Revising its ABS System Print
Wednesday, 24 August 2016 10:36

The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture has tasked a Working Group to develop an effective system for benefit sharing by companies that use crop seeds from the Treaty’s Multilateral System. The current system uses a standard material transfer agreement with several benefit sharing options, including a voluntary-only option, and has failed to yield payments.

At its fifth meeting, held in Geneva from 12 to 14 July 2016, the Ad Hoc Open-Ended Working Group to Enhance the Functioning of the Multilateral system of Access and Benefit-Sharing modestly advanced discussions on the creation of a “subscription system” to cover access and benefit sharing for the list of key crops contained in the Treaty’s Annex 1.

An issue that captured attention was the possible imminent ratification vote on the Treaty by the United States Senate. There are concerns that this could adversely affect the Working Group’s efforts because US government officials are thought to be eager to back Monsanto, the seed and chemical giant, which is expressing displeasure with the direction of the Working Group.  Although the US is not yet a Party, an official actively participated at the Geneva meeting as part of the Canadian delegation.

Attached is a detailed report by Edward Hammond of Prickly Research (USA) who participated in the meeting.

Report on Seed Treaty

Shared from:

TWN Info Service on Agriculture and UN Sustainable Development
10 August 2016
Third World Network


ASEAN Food Security Forum 2015 Proceedings Print
Friday, 03 June 2016 07:24

ASEAN Food Trade Forum 2015: Food Security and the AEC

TH Hotel & Convention Centre Alor Setar, Kedah, Malaysia: 24-25 November 2015

SEACON participated in Session 6 of the Forum, a panel discussion with the theme “Moving Forward for a Stronger Food Security”.  The panel members discussed measures and actions needed by stakeholders to advance food security in the region.  They presented some recommendations to the theme of the forum: looking at means for greater expansion and more suitable food trade in the region under AEC, for the region to become more food secure.



MYSavefood: Reducing Food Loss and Food waste Print
Friday, 20 May 2016 11:00

National MYsavefood Forum

SEACON is a partner in MYsavefood Network supporting national and global initiative to reduce food loss and food waste.



As part of its Global Initiative, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is providing support to MARDI and Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry to setup the Malaysia Save Food Network and Malaysia Save Food Initiative (MYSaveFood).


SEA-SRI 2015 Proceedings Print
Thursday, 02 June 2016 16:38

SEA Regional Conference on System of Rice Intensification (SRI) 2015


Innovating Shared Values


25 - 28 May 2015


SEACON, together with the Northern University of Malaysia (UUM), SRI-Mas, UKM, UUM, BERNAS, FTC and KEDA, organized the first regional conference on System of Rice Intensification (SRI) in Southeast Asia.  The event, which was hosted by the UUM, took place on 25-28 May 2015 in Kedah, Malaysia.

Tuesday, 31 May 2016 10:20

Building Resource-Smart Food Systems for Sustainable Development

UNEP & International Resource Panel.  2016

Food systems fundamentally depend on natural resources, such as land, soil, water, biodiversity, minerals, biomass and fossil fuels. Key statistics show that in many cases these resources are not currently managed sustainably or efficiently: an estimated 33% of soils are moderately to highly degraded due to erosion, at least 20% of the world’s aquifers are overexploited, over 80% of the input of minerals (e.g. phosphate) do not reach consumers’ plates and 29% of ‘commercial’ fish populations are overfished.

Due to population growth, changes in dietary patterns driven by growing wealth (more meat, dairy and fish consumption) and climate change, the pressures on natural resources are expected to increase over the coming decades. This will lead to risks for future food production. A fundamental transformation of our food systems is required if we are to meet future demands of food and quality of life for present and future generations.


Click here to download FACT Sheet



Malaysia: Banned pesticides still being used in Cameron Highlands Print
Saturday, 19 December 2015 12:58

FMT Reporters | December 18, 2015

Regional advocacy group claims authorities have failed to detect the source of contamination.

PETALING JAYA: Unsuspecting residents are still consuming pesticide-laden produce from Cameron Highlands as banned pesticides are still being used at will in the area.

In a report by The Rakyat Post, Sarojini V Rengam, executive director of Pesticide Action Network Asia and Pacific (Panap) said that earlier this year, banned pesticides were found in streams and tap water in Cameron Highlands.


GS1 Shares its Standards for Sustainable Farming with the United Nations Print
Tuesday, 03 November 2015 12:02

Governments, farmers and businesses collaborate to develop economic, social and environmentally sustainable agriculture

Consumers demand more and more information about their food and beverages. They want to know the provenance and how the product was produced, and transformed. GS1, a global not-for-profit organization which develops and maintains a supply chain standards system. GS standards improve the efficiency, safety and visibility of supply chains across multiple sectors. The registry assigns one single identifier to each farm to define the individual farm location (big or small farms). The registry also maps to each farm’s respective sustainability certifications. It will enable farmers, governments, businesses and communities to communicate with one another up and down the supply chain by establishing a common language and uniquely identifying farms globally.

This paves the way for smaller farmers in developing countries to be recognized for sustainable practices, opening up potential markets and allowing them to become more visible and active participants in the global food supply chain.

Source : GS1

For more information about GS1, visit www.gs1.org

Meeting: Econ-Business Sub-Committee Print
Monday, 28 September 2015 15:00

On Monday, the 14th of September, SEACON hosted the first SRI-Mas Econ-business subcommittee meeting to discuss on the financial capacity of SRI-Mas.


To begin, SRI-Mas shared on two recent activities conducted in Kelantan and in Bario. This led up to the question of how to strengthen agro-ecology and agro-tourism in these two communities? The group felt a need for strengthening of infrastructures, in addition to delivery of trainings at the agricultural, touristic and linguistic level.


SEACON celebrates Malaysia Day with a Rice Festival Print
Monday, 28 September 2015 15:38

In celebration of Malaysia Day (16 September), SEACON in partnership with SRI-Mas joined the Malaysiaku Rice Festival held in AP, Bangsar. This festival was a celebration of the different cultures of Malaysia and was an opportunity to promote the local agricultural community that SEACON and SRI-Mas partners with in their activities. Locally grown rice and bamboo were the main commodities that were promoted during the day, increasing the guests’ awareness of organic farming, food safety, environmental issues, small and family farming, local production, etc.


Visitors were introduced to organically grown brown rice, which was cultivated using the innovative SRI method. A tasting of the rice was offered and rice grown by Sri-Lovely (Kedah) and Sri-Jembal (Kelantan) were on sale throughout the day. Moreover, SRI-Mas’ researchers carried out a sensory analysis to assess public perception of rice at different stages of milling.


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