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New Crops for the Future Research Centre -- for food and non-food uses
Date:6/27/2011

the Future wants to work with the true stakeholders, the people who have grown, farmed and protected these plants for centuries without any support from governments or from public or private sponsors.

"We need to work with these communities as genuine partners so their knowledge can be linked with scientific evidence collected in laboratories and experiments through universities such as Nottingham and with centres such as Bioversity International. Much of the information on these plants is vernacular it isn't written down it is just passed down from generation to generation and we need to include this evidence with more conventional sources.

"This research could have enormous significance but at this stage we can't say that tomorrow we will know how to solve the world's food problems by suddenly bringing a few more crops into the equation. What we really have to start thinking about how we can integrate knowledge on underutilised plants for food, fuel, medicines and materials."

At 12.45pm on Monday June 27, 2011, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato' Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak, officially launched the Crops for the Future Research Centre at the opening ceremony of the Second International Symposium on Underutilised Plant Species entitled 'Crops for the Future-Beyond Food Security' at the Royale Chulan Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.

The many distinguished speakers at this flagship meeting include a World Food Prize laureate who will share the platform with Prime Minister Najib on June 27.

Professor M S Swaminathan, Chairman of the M S Swaminathan Research Foundation and described by the United Nations Environment Programme as 'the father of economic ecology' will speak on: Green Revolution in Underutilised Crops: Pathway to Sustainable Food Security in an Era of Climate Change.

Discussions on the design and construction of the CFFRC facilities are already underway with leading architects and consultants. Whilst con
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Contact: Lindsay Brooke
lindsay.brooke@nottingham.ac.uk
44-115-951-5751
University of Nottingham
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