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“Towards A Future Safe Global Food System”

The Global food system is at a critical stage and made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic.  As many as 265 million people are threatened by famine, up 50% from last year. 700 million suffer from chronic hunger and 2 billion more from malnutrition, with obesity and associated diet-related diseases increasing in all regions. During the height of the pandemic with lockdowns, we have witnessed the collapse of the global food system with reports of food producers resorting to dumping their produce.  The food crisis faced during the pandemic is a wake-up call for both developed and developing countries of the looming crisis facing the world when the next major crisis hits us, be it climate change, pandemics etc.  

Although the world has progressed significantly in terms of technological advancements in food production, food is not distributed in an equitable manner to regions, countries, households and individuals. Government policies, availability of investments and technological know-how including access to food supplies are key issues to meet the urgent food needs of the world’s growing population.  New and innovative farming technologies such as high-tech agriculture and aquaculture methods that produce more yields inland and urban conditions offer hope for the future. 

The Global Food Security & Sustainability Virtual Summit 2021 held on 17 September 2021, would be one of the most important events ever held to address the critical issues of food security from the local to global level, and from an interdisciplinary and systemic food systems perspective. The summit will invite multi-stakeholders from governmental organisations, private sector businesses and NGOs to address the current disruptions and possible solutions on the world food supply chain.  Discussions will also include issues surrounding sustainability issues and how societies and businesses can design more sustainable solutions in their entire food chain to minimize impact to the environment and reduce food waste. 

See you at this landmark event. 

Key Topics

Policies, Regulations & Trends

  1. Food security And The Sustainable Development Goals- Addressing Food Security, Improved Nutrition and Sustainable Agriculture By 2030.
  2. World Food Supply Chain: Disruptions And Implications From Covid-19.
  3. COVID-19 Has Caused Food Insecurity To Worsen, But Will Climate Change Be Much Worse?
  4. Creating A Sustainable & Inclusive Food System.
  5. Critical Actions To Redesign The Future Of Food In 2021.
  6. The Importance Of Revaluing Food And Food System Workers.
  7. How To Incentivise Food Systems To Meet The Realities Of The 21st Century.
  8. Strengthening Sector Policies For Better Food Security And Nutrition Results.
  9. Integrating The Rule Of Law And Global Development: Food Security, Climate Change And Public Health.
  10. Food Laws And Regulations: Improving Efficiency And Transparency In Food Safety Systems.

The Role of Technology

  1. Artificial Intelligence For Food Security – Robotics, Computer Science, Cybersecurity, Information Security And Engineering For Farms Of The Future.
  2. Creating A World Food Chain Monitoring System – A Much Needed Solution?
  3. Refocusing Agri-Food Tech To Solve Today’s Critical Problems – The Task Of Feeding 10 billion People By 2050 Sustainably, Affordably And Nutritionally.
  4. The Impact of Data- Driven Technologies In Food Systems – The Use Of Technology To Produce And Conserve Nutritious Food, Improve Food Quality And Supply.
  5. Agriculture sector: Preparing For Disruption In The Food Value Chain.
  6. Is Urban Farming A Viable Solution To Assuring Food Security In Asia?
  7. Food Supply Chain Optimization And Value Creation Through Digital And Analytical Technologies.

Reducing Food Waste

  1. Food Security And Waste: Lessons From The Pandemic.
  2. Reducing Food Waste Across The Supply Chain: From Retailers To Consumers.  Preventing Food Surplus. New Models Of Redistribution. Tools To Measure And Monitor Waste.

Financing For Food Security

Financing The Future of Food – Financing Sustainable Food Technologies: Accelerating The Adoption Of A Sustainable Food System. Scaling-Up Start-Ups Offering Disruptive Food Technologies.

Food Security & Sustainability

  1. Policies Supporting Sustainable And Local Food Systems.
  2. Sustainability And Agriculture- How Do We Increase Food Production Whilst Preserving The Environment?
  3. How Can Farming Remain Environmentally And Economically Sustainable?
  4. Assessing Threats To Food Security And Sustainable Agriculture.
  5. Sustainable Food Transportation – Towards Lower Emissions.

Cold Chain & Logistics

  1. Improving Cold Chain Logistics To Safeguard Food Security.
  2. Food Logistics (Cold Chain): Setting The Standard For Cold Chain.
  3. Sustainability Logistics In The Agri-Food Supply Chain Today And The Future.

APEC Letter of Support

Republic of The Philippines Secretary Supporting Message

Minister's Address

Grace Fu

Minister for Sustainability and the Environment

Advisory Board

Co Chair for Sustainable Development in Agriculture & Fishery Sectors - APEC Policy Partnership on Food Security/ CEO Asia, Assentoft Aqua Asia
The Michael Fam Chair Professor and Director of NTU Food Science and Technology Programme. Co-Director, Future Ready Food Safety Hub @ NTU.
Consultant, Asian Development Bank
CEO, VisionTech Pte Ltd
Co-Founder & CEO at Sophie's BioNutrients Pte, Ltd (Singapore)
 Interim CEO of EntomoVentures Pte. Ltd & Business Development Lead of Cellivate Technologies Pte Ltd
Head Of Investments, TMT Sector, Leonie Hill Capital
CFO of Nutrition Technologies
Business Director – Asia Pacific, Innovad Asia
Executive Director, AgFunder Asia & GROW Accelerator
CEO & Founder, v2food
Acting Managing Director, The Good Food Institute Asia Pacific
Initiator of Nutritional Paradox & CEO and Co-founder of WhatIF Foods
Founder and Managing Director, Innovate 360
President of Asia Pacific Region, Danfoss
Head of Agribusiness & Animal Protein of United Overseas Bank Limited (UOB)’s Sector Solutions Group (Group Wholesale Banking Division)
 CTO & Co-founder,  Shiok Meats
CEO, Eat JUST Asia
Founder and CEO, Integriculture Inc
Head of External Affairs and Sustainability, Corteva Agriscience
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Trendlines Group
Program Manager for the Food Technology Accelerator Programs, Brinc
Founder, Van Heron Labs
Managing Director, Temasek Life Sciences Accelerator ('TLA')
CEO, Asia BioBusiness
Managing Director | Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures, Deloitte Financial Advisory SEA
Co-Founder and CEO, SGProtein
CEO, Barramundi Group

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