UNIVERSITI Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and Crops For the Future (CFF) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on food and nutritional security.
Representing CFF – the world’s only centre dedicated to research on underutilised crops for food and non-food uses, was its CEO Prof Sayed Azam-Ali, while UKM deputy vice-chancellor (Research & Innovation Affairs) Prof Dr Mohd Ekhwan Toriman, inked the document on behalf of the varsity.
The signing ceremony took place at the CFF headquarters in Semenyih recently.
The collaboration will result in research activities that focus on the nutritional value chains for dietary diversification, including underutilised crops.
Potential projects ranging from bioinformatics, and plant, human and animal nutrition, to the development of standard testing methods for nutrient analysis, will be carried out by UKM’s Institute of Systems Biology, Faculty of Science and Technology, Faculty of Health Science, UKM Medical Centre, Faculty of Social Science and Humanity, and the Institute of Climate Change.
A technical committee will be set up to oversee the implementation of projects and initiatives that can contribute to dietary diversification, end hunger, achieve food security, improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture.