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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

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.


Launch of new SAFSeN Print
Thursday, 10 September 2015 11:32

It has been more than a year of postings and knowledge-sharing on SAFSeN with all our members. In our effort to continue enhancing the access of rural farmers throughout ASEAN to information, news and technology, we recently launched the new SAFSeN.

Come and visit the new and improved SAFSeN for a better experience.



Funding for Green technology SMEs to UNFCCC exhibition Print
Thursday, 09 July 2015 13:22

For all our hardworking farmers with innovative green technologies:

WIPO will fund the participation of 60 SMEs from around the world in a special exhibition at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The event will take place from 30 November to 11 December at the Grand Palais in Paris, France and SMEs who are users of WIPO GREEN are welcome to apply.

Successful applicants will form part of an exhibition organized by the French Institut National de la Propriété Industrielle (INPI). The aim of the exhibition is to showcase innovative technological solutions to address climate change, developed by SMEs. Funding is provided by the government of France through funds-in-trust. Preference will be given to applicants with proven technologies, but you may be considered if your prototype has been tested in a relevant environment.

Selection of participants will take into account geographical representation as well as balance of technology types. SMEs from Asia/Africa/Latin America are particularly encouraged to apply.

To apply for funding just fill in the online form by 25 July, 2015.

Apply here

Food Waste: The Environmental Cost Print
Tuesday, 07 July 2015 23:20

The FAO calculates global food waste at US$750 billion.

We are wasting not only valuable nourishment, but also wasting the resources needed to produce the food in the first place—water, energy, farmland, labor, investment!

WATCH VIDEO to see how costly food waste is…

Published on Jun 4, 2013

WASTE -- an informative short film on the relationship between food waste and resource waste.  A film production of SCHNITTSTELLE THURN GbR commissioned by WWF Germany and UNEP in collaboration with SIWI and FAO.


SEA Regional Conference on SRI 2015: Looking back Print
Wednesday, 03 June 2015 17:42

SEACON co-organized the SEA Regional conference on System of Rice Intensification on 25 – 28 May 2015 in the state of Kedah, also known as “the Rice Bowl of Malaysia”. The event was hosted by the Northern University of Malaysia (UUM). In attendance at the conference were 200 participants from academic, industrial, governmental institutes as well as NGOs, Farmer Networks and independent farmers representing ASEAN countries in addition to Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, USA. Malaysia being the host country, was represented by farmers from various states that included Selangor, Kedah, Kelantan, Sabah and Sarawak.

RICE WORKSHOP 2015: Pre-and Postharvest 2015 Print
Tuesday, 24 March 2015 04:08

Sri-Lovely Organic Rice Farm

SEACON took part in a workshop on pre-and postharvest management of rice was organized by SRI-Mas, UKM, UPM, GrainPro Inc, KEDA and Department of Agriculture.

The workshop was hosted at the organic rice farm SRI-Lovely in Kampung Lintang, Kedah, with a group of almost 30 participants that included young aspiring farmers from MADA Rice Training Center, Koperasi Agro Belantek Sik Sdn. Bhd., BERNAS, FTC, MARDI, UKM, UPM, UUM, and NS Nature Rice.


SAFSeN-ASEAN Smart Farmers Regional Carnival Print
Thursday, 12 March 2015 23:38



SAFSeN-ASEAN Smart Farmers Regional Carnival 2015 official group photo. Photo credit to CCDKM, Thailand


SAFSeN-ASEAN Smart Farmers Regional Carnival was held at Maejo University, Chiang Mai from 20 - 23 January 2015, with the support from Maejo University, ASEAN Foundation, FAO, CCDKM, APTN, Intel and Microsoft. Participants from SAFSeN project partners, namely KRKP from Indonesia, SAEDA from Laos, SRI-Mas from Malaysia, CCDKM from Thailand and CAEV from Vietnam, as well as participants from Cambodia, Myanmar and Philippines were in attendance.


GM Contamination Register Logs 396 Incidents over 17 Years Print
Friday, 28 November 2014 06:53


Becky Price and Janet Cotter

International Journal of Food Contamination 2014, 1:5

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