Food security and safety

Introduction As known to us, potatoes are vegetables. However, potatoes can also fill our belly without other foods. Hence, more and more people see potatoes as one kind of food. In response to this trend, China recently planned to launch a potato staple strategy so that the crop could become the...
Varietal development has been a mandate of MARDI since the 1970s and until today a total of 44 varieties have been released for planting in the granary areas. The breeding objectives varied in accordance to the needs of the different era. In the 1970s Malaysia started to implement the double-...
Introduction Postharvest losses (PHL) of paddy can be defined as losses that occur due to spills, human negligence and incompetence during postharvest handling operations. Losses include improper machine settings during combined harvesting, mishandling during transportation inefficient...
Growing food to feed the population becomes a challenge due to erratic weather and climatic patterns. Temperature increase and changes in rainfall pattern hasten the spread of pests and diseases which ultimately affect crop yields. The intensity of climate change which causes an impact on our...
The Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released in 2007 has reaffirmed that climate is changing and influencing many physical and biological systems including disruption of the ecosystem’s services, which is important to support livelihood. When...