Over the course of 16 years, a high percentage of Orang Asli (OA) households in Malaysia has been found to be burdened with food insecurity. The first research related to food security among the Orang Asli (OA) was conducted by Zalilah and Tham who found that 82% of the OA households at Hulu Langat, Selangor were food-insecure. Some of the main challenges to achieving food security include the failure in agriculture, depletion of natural commodities, reduced demands of natural commodities, weather, and water issues.
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Supported by the PAWANKA Fund, this project aims to promote nature farming to address the current high use of chemicals in food production and to strengthen food security among Indigenous Communities in Sabah. Through this project, it will also address some major issues faced by Indigenous Communities such as food security issues, loss of territories and traditional knowledge in Sabah.
PACOS Trust is a community-based organization dedicated to supporting indigenous communities in Sabah. Although registered under the Trustees Ordinance (Sabah) only in 1997, we have been actively involved with communities since 1987 as a different legal entity. PACOS is an acronym for ‘Partners of Community Organizations in Sabah’.