Dr. Arabi noted that the nutritional challenges in Malaysia are shared by countries like Mexico, India and China, all going through the same "nutritional transition."
But Dr. Arabi highlighted that Malaysia will be the first national government to join The Sackler Institute the growing global network that includes the World Health Organization focused on the identification of gaps in knowledge about food and nutrition and coordination of research worldwide.
"In order to figure out how to design a program with optimal impact you need to do your research. That's what we're hoping to achieve in our collaboration with Malaysia -- to come up with specifics to address the problems effectively."
Meanwhile, with people worldwide facing the prospect of sharp spikes in the cost of groceries, the food security of Malaysia has also been adopted as a major focus of the nation's GSIAC.
Food security ranks among the Najib administration's top national priorities, and the PM welcomed the input of GSIAC experts -- leading education, economics, business, science and technology experts from Malaysia, China, India, Russia, Japan, Korea, The Netherlands, the UK and the USA, including two Nobel laureates, each volunteering to help the Asian country achieve an environmentally-sustainable, high-income economy driven by knowledge and innovation.
In a presentation to the Council, agricultural experts of the National Science and Research Council Malaysia (NSRC) warned that, after decades of declining in real terms (constant dollars), prices are forecast to jump due in part to dropping world agricultural production in 2012 -- a decline estimated at 1.7% by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization -- caused largely by severe droughts and floods.
Ministry of Agriculture figures show Malaysia is self-sufficient in, fish, eggs, pork and poultry but depends increasingly on producers in other nations for
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