1- Competitiveness of Poultry Industry in Malaysia
Poultry meat is the cheapest source of animal protein in Malaysia. To maintain stable production in Malaysia is important for food security. However, more than 70% of poultry feed is imported. The production and prices fluctuate every year making the industry vulnerable to foreign country’s problems. Current competitiveness level is important to maintain current exports. Thus, various indicators are used to evaluate competitiveness position at current imported feed and a new formulation of local feeds to be developed.
Keywords: Competitiveness, poultry, feeds
2- Physicochemical and Toxicant Analyses of Several Types of Malaysian Honeys from Bees Species of Apis and Trigona
Purity and safety are two most important features in local and imported honeys. Purity of local honeys is necessary for local consumption because most honeys in the local market are consumed as medicinal purposes. These standards should be developed in order to stop the dumping of honeys from abroad. Adulterated honeys are harmful to humans. Almost 80% of honey sold in the local market is not pure. Thus, the analyses on Apis and Trigona honeys will set as a benchmark for local standard.
Keywords: Physicochemical analysis, Toxicant analysis, Malaysian Honeys, Apis species, and Trigona species
3- Developing RSPO Monitoring & Evaluation System
Sustainability standards traverse the realms of economic viability, social development, and environmental conservation. Members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) comply with a set of principles and criteria. In order to demonstrate its members’ ability to achieve sustainability goals, the certification body is committed to develop a robust monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system. Our work aims to facilitate its development by establishing a knowledge base through a synthesis of M&E system of other sustainability standards. The expected outputs will include a Theory of Change and a list of Outcome, Output, and Impact Indicators. Cognizant of the free choice inherent in its uptake, the success of the RSPO promotion lies in the extent of its outputs, outcomes, impacts in reinforcing sustainable development values practices.
4- Explaining Low Adoption of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP): A Case Study of the MyGAP in Vegetable Production Sector
Guided largely by the international Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) sustainability standard, the Malaysian GAP certification scheme is designed to enhance sustainable development in local agriculture. Unfortunately, its adoption is slow and its rate remains low. This study is intended to understand why most vegetable producers are less inclined to this innovation from multiple perspectives, i.e. innovation attribute, operation of innovation, and farmers’ capacity. The outputs will help identify and overcome weaknesses and limitations of MyGAP.
Updated:: 24/05/2016 [noorbaiti]