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Right to Food: Malaysia Print
Tuesday, 17 December 2013 04:09


The UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food (UNSRRTF)

Mr Olivier de Schutter on Official Visit to Malaysia 9 – 18 December 2013

CSO-UNSRRTF Roundtable on Right to Food: Food Production and Consumption in Malaysia

9 December 2013

Malaysia is undergoing a process of fundamental reform towards a high-income and developed country that is inclusive and sustainable by 2020. In line with this transformational course, a number of national transformation programs such as the Government Transformation Programme (GTP), Economic Transformation Programme (ETP), New Economic Model (NEM) and the 10th Malaysian Plan (10MP) have been put in place to drive the country forward. These programs will have significant impact on food security, in particular food and agricultural production and consumption patterns and activities in Malaysia.




Food Is a Human Right, UN Expert Says Print
Tuesday, 10 December 2013 01:20

UN expert Olivier De Schutter says food should be legally recognized as a human right.

Faced with a need for food, other human rights can seem less significant, but food is not universally seen as a human right. An independent expert with the UN is pushing to change that, and is pushing for governments to take more responsibility in making sure people have food to eat.

Consumers in doubt over vegetable quality Print
Saturday, 07 December 2013 05:01

Last update 08:10 | 04/12/2013

VietNamNet Bridge – Pesticides on vegetables sold at markets remained disturbingly high – about 11.5 per cent above permitted levels.

Also the wide-spread poisoning from kitchens in industrial areas still occurs due to the high amounts of residual chemicals found in fresh produce.

Tran Cong Thang, from the Institute of Policy and Strategy for Agriculture (IPSARD) said despite the results of such tests, sales of "safe vegetables" still remained modest.

Rice Farmers Go Back to School in Kachin State Print
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:10


LOI LAW, Kachin State — When five farmers in this village started planting rice in a small plot in late June, they used younger seedlings and organic fertilizer, and transplanted the seedlings individually. Fellow villagers thought they had gone mad as their methods go against the grain.

“They asked us, ‘What are you doing? Are you crazy?’” Nyo Nyo Htway, a farmer who worked on the pilot plot, recalled with laughter.

Agriculture Ministry working to reduce waste of food, now as high as 30% Print
Thursday, 05 December 2013 01:52

BANGKOK, 27 November 2013 (NNT) – The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives is working to reduce waste of food, after finding that as much as 30% of food is wasted.

Chalit Damrongsak, deputy permanent-secretary to the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, said on Tuesday that the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization reported Thailand was wasting 30% of produced food. He indicated that the government was responding to this problem by initiating a 'Food waste Food lost' measure aimed at bringing down the rate of loss incurred in the entire food production process.

Dams, climate a bad mix Print
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 02:07

Tue, 3 December 2013

Hydropower dams are poised to exacerbate and even outstrip the impact of climate change, according to a report by Finland’s Aalto University and NGO Southeast Asia START.

“Within the next 30 years, hydropower development will have a much greater impact on the Tonle Sap region than climate change, with climate change adding additional ambiguity in predicting water flows,” said Marko Keskinen, one of the report’s authors.

Map shows deforestation in Indonesia is world’s fastest Print
Saturday, 30 November 2013 02:46

Nadya Natahadibrata, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Headlines | Sat, November 16 2013, 9:13 AM

Indonesia has the fastest rate of deforestation in the past 12 years, according to a new global map on deforestation.

A team of researchers from 15 universities — led by the University of Maryland and assisted by Google and NASA — has created the first high-resolution global map on Google Earth that maps forest cover.

Project launched to restore Truong Son forest Print
Friday, 29 November 2013 03:41

Last update 15:13 | 07/11/2013

VietNamNet Bridge – The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Forest Protection Department of the central province of Quang Nam have started the program to rehabilitate forest in the Truong Son range in the border area of Laos and Vietnam.

The program has been implemented in 20 communes in Thua Thien Hue and Quang Nam provinces to grow the native plants on 630 hectares of forest in the critical areas of the two provinces.

NGO questions mapping of oil palm plantations in RI Print
Thursday, 28 November 2013 05:33

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | National | Mon, November 25 2013, 4:13 PM

Greenomics Indonesia’s spatial verification results on the “Global Forest Cover Change 2000-2012” map, which was published by the University of Maryland in the US in mid-November, show that oil palm plantations have been mapped out as forest cover gains.

PhilRice sets PHL’s first Brown Rice Day Print
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 05:23

12 Nov 2013

Written by Ramon Efren R. Lazaro / Correspondent

THE Department of Agriculture’s Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) has set November 15, 2013, as the country’s first Brown Rice Day as part of the celebration of the National Year of the Rice (NYR).

NYR Campaign Director Hazel Antonio said “Brown Rice Day” aims to encourage the food-service industry to serve unpolished rice to increase public awareness on its characteristics and health benefits.

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