Memorandum of Understanding with Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

UNIVERSITI KEBANGSAAN MALAYSIA AND CROPS FOR THE FUTURE PEN THEIR COMMITMENT FOR COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH IN FOOD AND NUTRITIONAL SECURITY

SEMENYIH, 21 FEBRUARY 2018 –  Crops For the Future (CFF) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) to ensure long term research collaboration on 'Food and Nutritional Security'. The signing took place at the CFF headquarters and was signed by Professor Sayed Azam-Ali, Chief Executive Officer of CFF, and Professor Dr. Hj. Mohd Ekhwan Hj. Toriman, UKM Deputy Vice Chancellor of Research & Innovation Affairs. 

 

CFF is the world’s only centre dedicated to research on underutilised crops for food and non-food uses. CFF research focusses on agricultural biodiversity to enhance agricultural systems and their sustainability, address changing climates, and improve food and nutritional security and economic well-being, especially of the poor. It provides evidence-based research to promote and facilitate the greater use of neglected and underutilised species for enhanced diversification of agricultural systems and human diets.

 

Through this collaboration, research activities will focus on the nutritional value chains for dietary diversification, which will deliver nutritious and marketable products that include the contributions of underutilised crops. CFF will operate as a single entity, whilst anchor partners at UKM will be the Institute of Systems Biology (INBIOSIS) and the Faculty of Science and Technology (FST). 

 

Several potential projects ranging from bioinformatics, plant nutrition, human and animal nutrition to the development of standard testing method for nutrient analysis will be carried out. To provide coherent links across the value chain, the collaboration will extend to other UKM units including the Faculty of Health Science, UKM Medical Centre, Faculty of Social Science and Humanity and the Institute of Climate Change to name a few. A Technical Committee will be established to oversee the implementation of projects and initiatives under the MoU. 

 

This collaboration will link CFF expertise on underutilised crops with relevant capacities, platform technologies, databases and knowledge systems at UKM. This effort will demonstrate how the development and delivery of nutritional value chains that include ingredients from currently underutilised crops can contribute to dietary diversification, as well as developing activities that address the United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda 2030 and, more specifically, Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture. Both parties are determined to demonstrate how shared facilities, expertise and knowledge on a common theme can deliver high quality research outputs and high impact societal outcomes. 

 

 

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About the National University of Malaysia

Since its establishment on May 18, 1970, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) has not only fulfilled the vision of its founding fathers to accord Bahasa Melayu as the language of learning and scholarship but has also successfully produced intellectuals and scholars who are among the nation’s pride. Starting out with only three faculties, it has since grown into 13 faculties, 13 research institutes of excellence. It has thus grown not just in size, but also stature, becoming a research institute in various fields of study including operating various research centers. Aware of the changes taking place in the academic landscape, UKM is taking steps to address them. One is through e-learning to prepare students through innovative teaching and forward-looking curriculum to meet demands of the new economic needs. It nurtures research to provide solutions to pressing problems while also engaging with the community and industry, to strive for sustainable development both at the national and international levels.

 

 

About Crops For the Future 

Crops For the Future (CFF) is the world’s first and only centre dedicated to research on underutilised crops for food and non-food uses. Based near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, CFF research focusses on agricultural iodiversity to enhance agricultural systems and their sustainability, address changing climates, and improve food and nutritional security and economic well-being, especially of the poor. For more information visit www.cffresearch.org 

 

 

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Zuraida Zainal Abidin

Senior Manager, Communications

Phone: +603 8725 2804 or +6019 559 2279

Email: zuraida.zainal_abidin@cffresearch.org

 
Nik Nabilah Mohd Azmin
Assistant Manager, Strategic Support
Phone: +603 8725 2816 or +6013 771 4600
Email: nik.azmin@cffresearch.org