The Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industries Malaysia (MAFI) is committed towards reaching its target to attract RM350 million worth of investments during the Sustainable Agriculture Week in EXPO 2020 Dubai. MAFI will be hosting and leading the theme at the expo’s Malaysia Pavillion from February 21 to 26, with Malaysian Bioeconomy Development Corporation (Bioeconomy Corporation) as the implementing agency.
Minister of Agriculture and Food Industries, YB Datuk Seri Dr. Ronald Kiandee said that MAFI is looking forward to achieving the investment target by fostering strong engagement and strategic partnerships with global players, especially with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and other Middle Eastern countries, to further drive sustainable agriculture for Malaysia and for the world.
“We expect to have 11 Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) exchanges, 50 business leads, as well as participation from 20 Malaysian SMEs and agencies under MAFI during the week. This is an exciting opportunity for us to show the world how Malaysia’s best agriculture practices, smart innovations, and rich resources contribute to food security and safety, wealth generation, environmental protection, and sustained livelihoods,” he said.
He added that the expo will be a great opportunity to improve bilateral ties and trade between Malaysia and the UAE through sustainable agriculture development. Both countries are expected to leverage on each other’s strengths to elevate their sustainable agriculture efforts to the next level.
MAFI is set to attract an estimated 2,000 visitors and delegates during the Sustainable Agriculture Week, with various programmes in the pipeline including exhibitions, product launches, document exchanges, cooking and product demonstrations, networking sessions, business matching, and pocket talks.
The content of the programmes will be carried out based on eight focus areas that highlight Malaysia’s strengths in sustainable agriculture including biodiversity to wellness, fruits of the tropical climate and its byproducts, smart urban farming, smart farming solutions, waste-to-wealth, culinary sustainability, cutting-edge agricultural technologies and solutions, as well as investment opportunities for agricultural sustainability. For more information regarding MAFI’s Sustainable Agriculture Week, please visit www.mafi-events.com.