Background The integrity of halal food products encompasses the whole supply chain, from farm to table. However, there are concerns on the authenticity of halal food products for consumption. As such, there is a need to enhance the integrity of halal products by leveraging expertise through an integrated approach of social and applied sciences in… Read more of Safeguarding and Sustaining the Integrity of Halal Food
Background The challenge on food and nutrition security is further magnified as the agricultural sector of several ASEAN countries is much less integrated with the global markets because of major barriers to world food trade and investment. This has unfavorably led to lower product prices for farmers and higher food prices for consumers. More… Read more of Enhancing Human Resource Development in Agriculture: Imperatives for Regional Food and Nutrition Security
Background Food safety is a major concern for fruits and vegetables in Southeast Asia. In Thailand for example, exports were frequently challenged with a stringent food safety regulation and quality requirements from foreign markets. Moreover, post-harvest losses due to improper handling and microbial contamination also constrained fresh… Read more of Post Harvest System Improvement – Best Practices in Fresh and Dried Chili in Southeast Asia: Quality and Safety Aspect
Background The ASEAN region is facing double burden malnutrition with under-nutrition and over-nutrition occurring simultaneously. On one hand, some people suffer hunger, characterized by the lack of macro- and/or micro-nutrients intake, while a portion of the population are under the risk of many non-communicable diseases and cognitive… Read more of Indigenous Crops – Food Production, Food Safety and Process Development of Indigenous Crops to Strengthen Food and Nutrition Security
Background In response, partly, to the food crisis and to avert the repeat of the financial turmoil, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has put in place specific trade agreements with new and emerging markets as well as with already strong economies in the Asia-Pacific region. For instance, the ASEAN and China in 2002 signed the… Read more of Implications of AEC and Trade and Investments on Regional Food Security

Food Reserves: A Comparative Study on Food Reserve Management and Policies in Southeast Asia

Center for Non-Traditional Security Studies of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University (RSIS/NTS)
Background Food availability is an important dimension of a country’s food security and at the regional level, a balance between food production, exports and imports is important to ensure that there is stability in food security. The main sources of making food available in most Southeast countries are what [1]Teng (2013) has called the… Read more of Food Reserves: A Comparative Study on Food Reserve Management and Policies in Southeast Asia