MARDI started their working visit to France with an opening meeting at the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Industry and Forestry, 251, rue de Vaugirard – 75015 Paris on Monday, 19 December 2016. MIDA and the Embassy of Malaysia were also invited to the opening meeting.

Possible areas of cooperation that were identified in the initial stages are as follows: –

� self-sufficiency in the dairy and livestock industry;

� food loss and waste especially for fruits and vegetables;

� collaboration with INRA, ITAVI, Agro campus, INFEMER, IDELE, ANSES, and ACTA; and

� securing funding for NGOs to take on food waste.

During discussions, Malaysia was able to highlight the successful cultivation of our new variety of sweet potato known for its high vitamin A contents: vitato. Multinational companies such as Nestle have expressed interest to introduce vitato to areas where there is a lack of food sources rich in vitamin A. Malaysia has also been able to tackle food waste through the Lost Food Project, Food Aid, Grub Cycle, and Sustainable Ramadan Bazaar project.

The working meetings between MARDI and the French Ministry of Agriculture, Food Industry, and Forestry will span from December 19 – 22, 2016. Both sides together with MIDA are expected to meet HE Datuk Ibrahim Abdullah, Ambassador of Malaysia to France on Wednesday, December 21, 2016.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia