Organic Food Policy and Regulation in Malaysia: Development and Challenges

  • Mohammad Firdaus Bin Abdul AzizEmail author
  • Muhamad Shakirin Bin Mispan
  • Febri Doni


The organic food industry is relatively new in Malaysia and the government has recognised its potential to contribute to economic growth. Consumers’ interest in organic food has increased due to local demand. This has resulted from the image associating organic food as natural and chemical-free making it wholesome and safe for health. Malaysia has introduced national agriculture policies since before Merdeka (independence from colonial rule in 1957). Recently revised government policy and regulation aims to foster further development. Nonetheless, there are some issues and challenges, for instance, a lack of incentives provided for farmers to adopt organic farming and lack of public trust towards the quality of organic products. There have also been concerning questions about the quality of the accreditation system. This chapter explores the development of the organic agriculture industry in Malaysia using its policy and regulation as a framework to examine challenges facing the industry that need addressing for the country to become a globally recognised exporter of organic food.


Organic food Consumer perception Agriculture policy of Malaysia Implementation of organic standards Sustainable agriculture 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mohammad Firdaus Bin Abdul Aziz
    • 1
    Email author
  • Muhamad Shakirin Bin Mispan
    • 2
  • Febri Doni
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for Law and Ethics in Science and Technology, Faculty of LawUniversity of MalayaKuala LumpurMalaysia
  2. 2.Institute of Biological Sciences, Faculty of ScienceUniversity of MalayaKuala LumpurMalaysia

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