National Focal Point for ITPGRFA, Deputy Director, Horticulture Research Centre, Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI), Malaysia
Malaysia is a Contracting Party to the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) and has acceded the Treaty on the 5th May 2003. As a Contracting Party, Malaysia has to ensure the conformity of its law, regulations and procedures with its obligations as provided in the Treaty. The core of the ITPGRFA is the national obligations under Article 5 and 6 on conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture. Therefore, Malaysia has reviewed the national policies, laws and regulations to ensure the existing instruments are under the obligations of ITPGRFA and can be effectively and efficiently implemented. Through the National Strategic and Action Plan on Agrobiodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Utilisation (NSAP), Malaysia has strategized a way forward to implement ITPGRFA within the context of nation building of social, economic, cultural development and international cooperation. Malaysia is blessed with the establishment of the National Agrofood Genebank (MyGeneBank™) as the public domain to manage plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (PGRFA) under the multilateral system (MLS) in order to implement ITPGRFA in Malaysia.
Dr. Mohd Shukri Mat Ali obtained his BSc. and MSc. in Biochemistry from National University of Malaysia (UKM) and Ph.D. in Plant Product and Nutrition (Phytochemistry) from University of Glasgow, Scotland (2008). He has been in the area of research and development (R&D) on plant genetic resources for 19 years mainly in utilisation of plants for added value products. He is currently the Principal Research Officer and Deputy Director of the Breeding Program, Horticulture Research Centre, Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI) which focuses on breeding of horticultural crops towards the development of improved and new varieties. He was involved in the management of the National Genebank for seven years and appointed as National Focal Point for ITPGRFA (NFP) in 2017. Dr Mohd Shukri Mat Ali has represented Malaysia in several Governing Body of the ITPGRFA meetings since 2013 and involved in several workshops to highlight the importance of national implementation of the Treaty.