Addressing sustainable food production and consumption in Malaysia

In early 2019, 20 acres of undeveloped land were repurposed in Sunway City Ipoh for food and agriculture. This led to the establishment of the Sunway Organic Farm. 

The concept of organic farming came from Sunway Group founder and chairman, Tan Sri Jeffrey Cheah, who hails from Pusing, Perak, and was appointed as a member of the National Agriculture Advisory Council for the 2020-2021 session by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industries. The birth of Sunway Group was founded on the concept of sustainability with the rehabilitation of a former tin-mining wasteland into Sunway City Kuala Lumpur, a vibrant sustainable township serving a community of more than 200,000 people today. The success has been replicated in Sunway City Ipoh, Perak, and Sunway City Iskandar Puteri, Johor. 

“In the words of our chairman, sustainable food production and consumption is crucial in any environment, be it suburban or in the city. It needs to be done responsibly and farm-to-table dining reminds us about the things that really matter - our inseparable relationship with nature, our infinite capacity to nurture, our imperative to eat healthily, and our inherent responsibility in the stewardship of this planet,” says Sunway City Ipoh executive director Wong Wan Wooi.

“Organic farming is in line with SDG Goal 2, zero hunger. Sunway aims to help the country address food security, improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture. Goal 12 is responsible consumption and reproduction, where we believe that sustainable food production and consumption is crucial in any environment and must be done responsibly,” shares Wong. 

Sunway has invested a significant amount in its capacity and capabilities to embrace the SDGs, including the establishment of the Jeffrey Sachs Centre on Sustainable Development in Sunway University, which hosts the Malaysian chapter of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, the third location in the world after New York and Paris. 

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