The NSRC, a council of experts from various universities, research institutions, private sector and NGOs, likewise struck an optimistic note on achieving food security, saying Malaysia is blessed with strong research and development capabilities, rich biodiversity, abundant agricultural biomass and by-products, and supportive government policies and regulations in key areas such as biotechnology, nanotechnology and biosafety.
While intensive research is underway in several areas (such as securing the nation's production of rice), the NSRC tabled at the meeting 15 top national food security research priorities, clustered around four themes (as suggested in Global Food Security: Strategic Plan 2011-2016):
Sustainable Food Production and Supply
Sustainable, Healthy, Safe Diets
To improve availability, accessibility, and utilization - the three pillars of food security - Malaysia has earmarked agriculture as a National Key Economic Area and has already allocated more money to water and soil management in 2013.
At the GSIAC meeting, NSRC cited a definition adopted at the 1996 World Food Summit: "Food Security exists when all people, at all times, have physical and economic
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