Malaysia: University aims to improve local food landscape with urban farm

Taylor’s University lifted the curtain on the new Taylor’s Urban Farm (TUF) at its Lakeside Campus. It houses over 20 types of vegetables, fruits, and herbs through three distinct planting systems: vertical towers, grow beds, and autopilots.

“By building a sustainable food and agriculture system to ensure food security and safety, we can play our part to improve the overall nutrition and sustainability of Malaysia’s food supply by 2030,” says Professor Dr. Pradeep Nair, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer at Taylor’s University.

Eighty percent of the produce grown at the facility will be supplied to the University’s academic kitchens. According to the 2022 Global Food Security Index by Economist Impact, Malaysia ranks #41 globally in food security and #2 in Southeast Asia following the COVID-19 pandemic. The country heavily relies on imports of food from other countries to meet the demand of its people and industries, accumulating RM 482.8 billion over the last ten years.

Source: Latest Malaysia

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