As part of the working visit of MARDI to France on December 19 – 22, 2016, a meeting between HE Datuk Ibrahim Abdullah, Ambassador of Malaysia to France and other Malaysian agencies such as MIDA with the French Ministry of Agriculture, Food Industry and Forestry was held at the Embassy of Malaysia on Wednesday, 21 December 2016.
After close engagement between the French and Malaysian side for the first two (2) days of the working visit, some of the possible areas of cooperation that were further discussed are as follows: –
· · transfer of knowledge from the French to measure food waste across the value chain from farm to fork;
· · information campaign on food waste targeted at younger audiences; and
· · transitioning MySaveFood from a purely government run programme to a collaborative effort involving partners from every segment of the food production chain that can support reducing food waste. It would be essential for clarity to be provided on the roles and responsibilities of the partners to avoid food loss and waste.
In the Malaysian context, providing publicity towards the success of those who have undergone vocational education will encourage the future working population to consider a career in agriculture. This will balance the inclination of Malaysian media in indulging the obsession of our society for academic excellence on paper.
This meeting and the French invitation for MARDI to undertake a working visit in France are tangible signs mutual benefit could be derived from further agricultural cooperation. Moving forward, there are lots of input to frame the Malaysian food waste campaign in the proper context.
Meeting between HE Datuk Ibrahim Abdullah, Ambassador of Malaysia to France and other Malaysian agencies such as MARDI and MIDA with the French Ministry of Agriculture, Food Industry and Forestry.
(L-R) Pn. Noorhazlina Mohamad Nor, MIDA ; Dr. Faridah Hussin, MARDI ; Dr. Ainu Husna M S Suhaimi, MARDI ; HE HE Datuk Ibrahim Abdullah, Ambassador of Malaysia to France; Mme. Laurence DELVA and Mr. David BROUQUE from the French Ministry of Agriculture, Food Industry and Forestry.