This paper, with a Foreword by Tun Abdullah Badawi, former Prime Minister of Malaysia, was released on 11 April 2011 and argues that the government should:

  • focus on helping the poor in rural areas by embracing modern agriculture technology and ignoring scare-mongering anti-technology NGOS
  • start addressing the problem of dependency among farmers by finding concrete ways to reduce agriculture subsidies

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Tun Abdullah Badawi, former Prime Minister of Malaysia wrote: “The study by the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) into ways of improving the livelihoods of Malaysian farmers through modern technology in agriculture is vital and laudable. Agriculture is not only an important economic sector but also a necessity to our survival.”

The author, Wan Saiful Wan Jan, says: “It is so easy to forget the importance of our farmers when we talk about development. We conducted this study to ensure farmers and those living in rural areas will also benefit from the New Economic Model and the Economic Transformation Programme. Our short study found that agrotechnology, including biotechnology, is absolutely necessary if we want to improve the livelihoods of farmers. The government must not be influenced by anti-technology campaigners because that will mean our farmers are trapped in a low-income job forver.”

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