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2017 Youth Program: Connect with farmers in Bario, Sarawak PDF Print E-mail
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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.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 November 2016 10:16
ASEAN Food Trade Forum : food Security and the AEC PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 01 December 2015 13:51

The 3rd ASEAN Food Trade Forum: Food Security and ASEAN Economic Community

Alor Setar, Kedha, Malaysia : 24-25 November

The ASEAN Food Trade Forum examined the implication of AEC trade and food security in the ASEAN region and identified policy options that deepen and diversify food trade consistent with the AEC framework. The participants were ASEAN governments and trading partners, food value chain actors, academia, NGOs, and development partners.

Session 1 : Situation, outlook, and policy scenarios of food sector in ASEAN.

The Session 1 was an introduction about the situation of the food sector in ASEAN Region. “Agricultural production centres have begun to shift in relative importance; trade has increased faster than in previous decades with an apparent fall in concentration of both exporters and importers; and there has been a significant shift in prices. For agricultural production has been strong and has flowed into an increase in the agro-food net export position. Both producers, for their incomes, and consumers, for food supplies, are becoming increasing reliant on world markets. The importance for ASEAN members of stable international markets is thus increasing. But with a remaining reliance on rice production, the continued government intervention in these markets regionally puts producers and consumers at greater risk.”

Jared Greenville, Senior Agricultural Policy analyst, OECD

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 December 2015 17:31
SEACON celebrates Malaysia Day with a Rice Festival PDF Print E-mail
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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.


Last Updated on Monday, 28 September 2015 16:08
Funding for Green technology SMEs to UNFCCC exhibition PDF Print E-mail
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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

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 July 2015 13:50
SEA Regional Conference on SRI 2015: Looking back PDF Print E-mail
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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.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 July 2015 17:39
Talk on Food Fraud and Counterfeiting and MIFT Product Innovation Award 2015 Dinner PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 15 May 2015 14:19

As the global food supply chain becomes more complex, food fraud and counterfeiting has proven to be a significant risk. Fraudulent and counterfeited products places in the marker with the intention of deceiving consumers, for financial gain, may be potentially harmful, when they are of questionable origins, if they are deliberately mis-described or replaced with fillers for bulk or substituting ingredients with chemicals.


Thus, in conjunction with the presentation of the MIFT Product Innovation Award 2015, international speaker John C. Kegoh, President and Principal Advisor at Shantalla Inc., will be sharing his vast experience on strategies which are used to detect fraudulent and counterfeiting activities in the food supply chain.


Date: 27 (Wednesday) May 2015


Time: 19:30 - 22:30 hr


Venue: Dorsett Grand Subang


Refer to brochure for more information

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 July 2015 18:25
SEA Regional Conference on SRI 2015: Innovating Shared Values PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 29 April 2015 16:43

The SEA Regional Conference on SRI 2015 will be held at TH Hotel, Alor Setar, Kedah on 25-28 May 2015. The overall objective of this Conference is to promote innovations, either technological, social or business that can lead to improved farmers’ livelihoods and quality of life for farmers and consumers through value creation of SRI.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 July 2015 18:05
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Monday, 04 March 2013 00:00


SRI: An Untapped Potential for Food Security

11 - 13 June 2013

Orient Star Resort, Lumut, Perak.


Call for Papers and Participation


SRI 2013 will review the progress on cultivation practices and research findings of SRI Method for rice production in Malaysia, as a follow up to the First National SRI Conference in July 2011. This step would demand further awareness, promotion and dissemination of knowledge on SRI for stakeholders, decision makers, policy makers and farmers in rice production and consumption at all levels.


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Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 March 2013 08:28
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Thursday, 28 February 2013 00:32


27-29 February 2013

Dorsett Subang Hotel, Subang Jaya, Selangor


Forest loss and degradation is the root cause of many environmental problems. These include hydrological changes, erosion of agricultural land, biodiversity loss and climate change. On economic and social justice grounds, many countries have seen the struggle for equity in access to forest resources and as well as organized social movements promoting biodiversity conservation. Malaysia is no exception to these trends.


SEACON supports Transparency International Malaysia’s Forest Governance and Integrity Project (TIM-FGI), which is an adoption programme for threatened forest sites in Malaysia in 2012 in collaboration with various stakeholders, to ensure the conservation of the remaining forests for future generations.


Last Updated on Thursday, 28 February 2013 00:54
SEACON sets to empower ASEAN farmers PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 21 February 2013 05:45

Food insecurity is still an endemic issue in many parts of ASEAN region. Despite being one the main food-producing region in the world, ASEAN is still host to millions of farmers that are still competitively disadvantaged and vulnerable to food insecurity. One of the main constraint for achieving food security is the absence of mechanisms for farmers to actively play a part in making in-situ or on-farm improvements or managing their own farm risks due to the lack of access to the relevant technology, including information, knowledge and skills that allow them to do so.

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 February 2013 05:03
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Thursday, 23 June 2011 00:51



5-6 July, 2011
Palm Garden Hotel IOI Resort, Putrajaya.

Rice security of Malaysia has come under scrutiny following the 2008 food crises.  Rice for Malaysia is not only a matter of food security but also regarded as a matter of national security and roots of Malaysian culture and heritage.  The issues and concerns related to making rice supply available, accessible and affordable to Malaysians have been frequently cited as the main reasons for increasing local rice production in the move towards achieving self-sufficiency goals.  Hence, technology and methods of production have moved towards so-called “modern agriculture” and high-yielding rice varieties that can withstand climate change and promise high returns to farmers.


Last Updated on Thursday, 23 June 2011 01:03
Regional Food Security Forum 2008 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 15 September 2008 14:10

Towards Sustainable Food Security for All

People's Response To The Food Crisis In Asia

The primary objectives of the forum are:

  • To create an interactive platform for food security and food sovereignty scholars, the private sector, international and regional promoters, researches, managers and citizens concerned with food security to share and exchange knowledge, experiences, expertise and new perspectives in creating a sustainable food security for all in Asia
  • To discuss the increased vulnerability to food insecurity
  • To discuss strategies to protect our food supply
  • To improve linkages between food security analysis. policy-making and implementation
  • To strengthen the position, view and suggestion of civil society organizations, food producers, general public and consumers in policy-making process.
  • To forward a regionally synthesized position and conclusion of the forum to the relevant ministries, national governments and regional bodies.
  • To convene a working group of CSO's to pursue the implementable action points that wull be agreed on at the forum

Click here to view gallery Regional Food Security Forum 2008 #1

Click here to view gallery Regional Food Security Forum 2008 #2 

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 April 2009 15:17