Welcome to the Institute of Tropical Agriculture and Food Security (ITAFoS)! On 1 January 2017, the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education officially declared ITAFoS a Higher Institution Centre of Excellence (HICoE). Our vision is to be a focal point for impactful multidisciplinary research to achieve food security. With this vision as our guide, we bring together committed researchers and students to put agriculture science into practice in innovative ways. With Universiti Putra Malaysia’s (UPM) long and proud tradition as a distinguished provider of education and research in tropical agriculture, ITAFoS is well positioned to contribute to national food security.
Climate change is resulting in emerging challenges such as rising temperature, water shortage and diseases that are adversely affecting tropical agrifood production. To deal with these challenges, we have established three laboratories, the Laboratory of Climate-Smart Food Crop Production, the Laboratory of Sustainable Animal Production and Biodiversity and the Laboratory of Food Safety and Food Integrity. The Institute emphasises on multidisciplinary learning and discovery in adapting to these new challenges of the 21st century to attain sustainable and safe food production.
Our strong links with national and international universities, research institutions and industry players are yielding success to achieving our goal as a premier institute for tropical agrifood and food security. I am very proud of our researchers and students’ embrace of game-changing discoveries, which continue to make great impact on the availability, wholesomeness and affordability of food in the country and across the region.
'WITH KNOWLEDGE WE SERVE'
Prof. Dr. Zulkifli Idrus Director Institute of Tropical Agriculture and Food Security (ITAFoS), UPM