Director, Institute of Agricultural and Food Policy Analysis
Universiti Putra Malaysia
Fatimah Mohamed Arshad is professor of agricultural marketing at the Faculty of Economics and Management, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Malaysia. Currently she is the Director of the Institut Kajian Dasar Pertanian dan Makanan or Institute of Agricultural and Food Policy Studies, UPM. She has carried out research that focuses on issues on structural problems of the agricultural sector, food security, pricing issues, cooperatives, and evaluation of selected policies and strategies. She has received research grants from various sources, which include FAO, ICLARM, and ACIAR, as well as numerous grants from local public agencies. She believes that the future of agriculture lies in the smallholders as they contribute to the conservation of biodiversity and environment, diversification of output, preservation of family farms and the rural landscape, and creation of a large enterprising farming community that is dynamic and equitable.
Session 5B: Agricultural Policy and Institutional Reforms in Malaysia: Implications and Lessons