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CABI’s regional centre in Malaysia works across the whole of South East Asia. This region is still largely agriculture-dependent, very biodiversity-rich and environmentally-fragile.


Countries in the region vary widely, from newly industrialized economies to those hampered by inadequate infrastructure, limited financial resources, political turmoil and environmental disasters. With its diverse mix of people, cultures and traditions, working in the region poses both significant challenges and exciting opportunities.

This centre’s work is wide-ranging. It includes sustainable pest and disease management, invasive species prevention and management, and work around plant health, biosecurity and sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) issues. Also important is work looking at sustainable production techniques and commodity chains, as well as information management and access to knowledge.

The centre empowers local people to tackle various agriculture and environment problems in ways that will reduce impact on the environment, bring about better yields and increase trade in agricultural commodities between countries.

The CABI centre in Malaysia collaborates with a number of organizations in this dynamic region. Partners include industry bodies such as the Malaysian Palm Oil Board, research organizations such as the International Rice Research Institute, and national governments.

Looking to the future, agricultural production, market access and trade will continue to be important for countries in this region. The centre will continue to address the associated issues of biosecurity, sustainable crop management and capacity building, as well as the big challenges of food security, climate change, and loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services.

Malaysia centre activities:

Equipped with a general office, a library, a training room and two laboratories connected to insect-screened houses, our centre carries out a wide range of activities, including:

  • Conducting research and development on bioscience and ICT/ information
  • Conducting farmer participatory training and research activities
  • Organizing training courses for managers, scientists, information officers, extension workers and technicians
  • Planning and implementing study visits and training attachments
  • Co-supervizing graduate and post-graduate students
  • Producing and introducing biological control agents
  • Consultancy work
  • Conducting project development, co-ordination and implementation
  • Disseminating and marketing information products and materials
  • Linking countries with common interest areas through effective networking

Contact us

Sivapragasam Annamalai

Regional Director/ Plantwise Regional Team Leader

CABI, P.O. Box 210, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

T: +60 (3) 8943 2921


CABI - Malaysia

CABI, PO Box 210, UPM, 43400, Selangor, Malaysia

T: +60 (0) 3894 3293 21

Centre staff

Sivapragasam Annamalai

Regional Director/ Plantwise Regional Team Leader

Arnaud Costa

Integrated Crop Management Advisor

Fook-Wing Chan

IT Specialist

Vimala Nainoo

Administrative Assistant

Muhammad Faheem

Integrated Crop Management Advisor

Lina Yip

Regional Sales Manager, North and South East Asia

Weng-Kiong Lum

Financial Officer

Chan Hong Twu


Centre News & Blogs

CABI statement on COVID-19 pandemic

At this unprecedented time, CABI’s priority is the health, safety, and wellbeing of our staff, our stakeholders, and their families. As such CABI is responding to the threat posed by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic by ensuring that all its staff work from home where they are able to do so. This applies to all countries in which we operate and is consistent with the approach taken by our member country representatives, partners and stakeholders.

25th March 2020