I started my career at the Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI) in June 1978 as a Research Officer, where I specialized in entomology and biological control of tropical insect pests. After almost 32 years, I retired from MARDI in June 2010 as a Senior Principal Research Officer/ Deputy Director (Rice R&D Centre). I joined CABI in October 2010 as a senior scientist. In the last six years, I have worked in almost all the Southeast Asian countries for CABI projects and its Plantwise programme which have been funded by STDF, GEF, EU-AID, CCAFS-IRRI and US-AID. I have many years experience in tropical pest management and related areas.
The project focuses on the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) of four key economically important crops: dragon fruit, mango, longan and lichi for export to markets in the USA. It addresses the important production-limiting pests and diseases and their management. Specifically, practises based on ecologically sound IPM strategies and the use of a systems approach. We also collaborate with key international partners to train and build local capacity in IPM.
Climate change encourages new and existing pests and diseases to spread and makes management more difficult. This programme addresses this and aims to build resilience of the communities to pests and diseases and their management. It is operating in selected villages in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. The interventions feature innovative participatory and climate-adaptive agricultural practices to enrich and restore agro-ecosystem health, manage crop pests and diseases, and improve livelihoods.
Rice is the most important crop in southwestern China, Laos and Myanmar. Despite recent improvements, productivity is still low with millions of tons lost to pests, diseases and weeds. Intensive pesticide use has led to insecticide resistance, outbreaks of secondary pests and damage to farmers’ health. This project is introducing a biologically based pest management approach to safely and sustainably increase rice production, improving the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in the region.
Invasive species are threatening forest habitats in South East Asia. They also indirectly affect the livelihoods of millions of people who depend on forests for food, commodities and energy. CABI and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), in collaboration with partners, have developed a project aimed at conserving globally important forests in the region. The initial aim is to enhance the capacity of Cambodia, Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam to manage their invasive alien species.
Start: 01/12/11 -End: 30/09/16