UKM-UCU Cátedra Mercosur-ASEAN Lectures Series

Food Security Issues from Uruguay and Malaysia

Malaysia time | 23 May 2023 | 9.00 am
Uruguay time | 22 May 2023 | 10.00 pm

Venue: Hybrid:
Onsite: Bilik Majlis, UKM
Online: Zoom

Assoc Prof Dr Andrew Kam Jia Yi (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia)
Dr. Ignacio Bartesaghi (Universidad Católica del Uruguay)
H.E. Valeria Csukasi (Ambassador of Uruguay in Malaysia)

Food security is widely recognized as a crucial aspect of human well-being, social stability, and economic development. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, hunger affected over 690 million people worldwide in 2019, marking an increase of 10 million from the previous year. The COVID-19 pandemic, which emerged in 2020, further exacerbated the problem of food security, with an estimated 132 million additional individuals facing hunger due to the pandemic. Addressing food security remains an on going challenge, particularly in regions such as Latin America and Asia, where access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food that meets dietary needs and preferences continues to be a significant concern. In response, two scholars from Uruguay and Malaysia are set to exchange knowledge, ideas, and solutions to promote food security. This forum seeks to generate a more comprehensive understanding of the challenges and opportunities for promoting food security in Latin America and Asia.