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Nutrition Research in Malaysia
Selected Bibliography of Published Journal Articles

Nutrition Research in Malaysia Vol I

Nutrition Research in Malaysia Vol II

Nutrition Research in Malaysia Vol III

Nutrition Research Priorities in Malaysia

Nutrition Research Priorities in Malaysia


Good nutrition contributes to optimal nutritional well-being of the population. This will directly improve productivity and eventually contributes to the economic development of the country. Hence, improving health and nutritional well-being of the people is one of the strategic thrusts of the 11th Malaysia Plan (11th MP) (2016-2020). In supporting this important strategy of the 11th Malaysia Plan, the National Plan of Action for Nutrition of Malaysia (NPANM) III (2016-2025) was established with appropriate strategies and activities towards attaining optimal nutritional well-being of all. Among the Facilitating Strategies of the NPANM III for supporting the effective implementation and evaluation of nutrition programmers in the country is “Strengthening Food and Nutrition Research and Development”. Towards this end, the Nutrition Research Priorities in Malaysia (NRP) (2016-2020) was developed for the 11th MP with the main objective of prioritising research areas and topics based on national needs as delineated in NPANM III (2016-2025). The NRP (2016-2020) was developed by the NRP Technical Committee comprising experienced researchers representing various government agencies, professional bodies, academia, and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). The members are experts from the fields of nutrition, food science, public health, medicine, health epidemiology and education. The NRP Technical Committee is part of the Technical Working Group on Nutrition Research, which is under the purview of the National Coordinating Committee on Food and Nutrition (NCCFN).

Priority areas and topics for research were determined through a series of workshops and meetings held in 2015-2016. Relevant national and international publications were reviewed to identify gaps of evidence or knowledge especially for the Malaysian context. In this way, a total of seven NRP Areas were identified. Each NRP develops a conceptual framework for its purpose and scope for research that is aligned with one or more of the Enabling Strategies of the NPANM III. Specifically, each NRP Area addresses the indicators and targets of the Enabling Strategies that the NRP Area is aligned with. Through these links, the NRPs are expected to generate data needed to support the realisation of the Enabling Strategies, and in turn, the achievement of the objectives of the NPANM III by 2025.

Nutrition Research Priorities In Malaysia For 12th Malaysia Plan (2021-2025)


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