Wednesday November 28: Indoor Agriculture and Sustainable Aquaculture Morning
- A new urban agricultural landscape is needed for land-scarce cities to feed fresh, nutritious produce to their increasingly affluent and growing populations. How is the Controlled-Environment Agriculture (CEA) vertical/indoor/urban landscape emerging in Southeast Asia and what is the vision for the future?
- What are the key challenges in this emerging landscape and what is needed to overcome these?
- How does the food supply chain need to adapt to efficiently incorporate these new farming methods?
- How do city planners and architects need to adapt to integrate the potential for urban farming into their designs?
- How are advances in plant science, nutrients, lighting and automation enabling urban farmers to create commercially viable, profitable, scalable businesses in this space?
- What types of crops are currently being grown vertically, and what does the future hold?
- What are the specific challenges facing urban farming operations in Southeast Asian cities?
Siang Hee Tan, Executive Director, CROPLIFE ASIA, Singapore
Erez Galonska, Co-Founder & CEO, INFARM, Germany
Katashi Kai, General Manager, Agribusiness Department, SHIN-NIPPOU 808FACTORY, Japan
Benjamin Swan, Co-Founder and CEO, Agribusiness Department, SUSTENIR AGRICULTURE, Singapore
Peter Barber, Co-Owner & CEO, COMCROP, Singapore
- What are the latest approaches in plant science to optimizing yield, nutritional value, and taste in vertical, controlled-environment agriculture?
- What innovation is taking place to allow new crops to be grown in CEA environments?
- How can partnerships and investment speed up the development of indoor-adapted crops and bringing them to market?
John Reich, Scientific Program Director, FOUNDATION FOR FOOD & AGRICULTURE RESEARCH (FFAR), USA
- What role can robotics and automation play in improving the cost-efficiency of indoor farming and meeting labour shortages?
- What innovation is currently occurring in robotics and digital software adapted for indoor environments?
- What investment is required to speed up bringing these products to market and making them more widely accessible?
Eri Hayashi, Director, International Relations & Consulting, JAPAN PLANT FACTORY ASSOCIATION (JPFA), Japan
Thera Rohling, Strategic Business Developer, PRIVA, Netherlands
- How can light spectrum variations and photoperiods be optimised to trigger desired responses in indoor-grown plants and to optimise plant production practices, including shorter generation cycles, greater yield and improved quality of specific valuable components?
- While the cost of indoor-farming LEDs is reducing, lighting is still one of the major costs of indoor farming. What investment and/or innovation is needed to reduce the cost of this lighting at increased speed, and make it more widely accessible on the market?
- In what ways can sufficient investment be created to meet the start-up costs of vertical farms, so they can be efficient from the beginning and more likely to draw a sustainable profit?
- In what ways may vertical farming require different kinds of investment compared to other kinds of agtech, given that it is very infrastructural in nature?
- Can vertical/controlled environment agriculture scale at a rate that’s attractive to VCs?
- With all the buzz around this industry currently, what do investors predict for the next five years?
Andrew Lai, Accelerator Director, SPROUT X, Australia
Ankesh Shahra, Founder & Managing Director, AGRIMAX VENTURES, Singapore
Wednesday November 28: Indoor Agriculture and Sustainable Aquaculture Afternoon
- What innovations are taking place in aquaculture, both locally and globally?
- What are the most pertinent pain points in Southeast Asia’s aquaculture industry that innovators should be looking to address?
- How can digital technologies, such as IoT, transform the efficiency of aquaculture in Southeast Asia? What are the challenges in the uptake of these technologies and what innovative methods are working to overcome these?
- What are the opportunities for translating innovative technologies created for open-field agriculture to aquaculture, and what are the opportunities for collaboration in this?
- How can the industry drive innovation forward? What is the role of accelerators and investors in facilitating this?
Amy Novogratz, CEO, AQUA-SPARK, Netherlands
Joep Klein Staarman, Co-Founder & CEO, BARRAMUNDI ASIA, Singapore
Jan Vanbrabant, CEO, ERBER GROUP, and Managing Director, BIOMIN, Singapore
A/Prof Matthew Tan, Co-Chair (WG1), APEC Policy Partnership of Food Security and CEO, OCEANUS TECH, Singapore
Phan Vinh Hiển (‘Henry’), Director, Minh Phu Group, & Deputy General Director, MINH PHU HAU GIANG SEAFOOD CORP, Vietnam
Valerie Robitaille, CEO, XPERTSEA, Canada
- What is the market landscape for vertical aquaculture in Southeast Asia and what are the key challenges limiting the growth of this sector?
- What innovative technologies have enabled Singapore’s first vertical fish farm, and how great is the potential to replicate this model in other cities?
- What is needed to drive innovation and encourage investment to further build this newly emerging industry?
Four selected start-ups present their indoor agtech solutions in seven-minute pitches to a panel of investors and the summit audience.
- Over exploitation of wild fish stocks for fish farming is driving a need for alternative fish feeds. What innovation is currently taking place to create alternative, more sustainable proteins for fish feeds?
- What farming methods and business models are showing greatest success, and what is needed to help bring the resulting products to the wider market and make these a competitive as well as sustainable alternative to fishmeal?
- What investment and collaboration are needed to speed up the widespread adoption of these alternative fish feeds by the Southeast Asian aquaculture industry?
Carsten Krome, CEO, HATCH, Norway
Kenneth Lee, Partner, VISVIRES NEW PROTEIN CAPITAL, Singapore
Alan Shaw, President & CEO, CALYSTA, USA
Erwin Suwendi, Head of Nutrition and Feed Technology, Aquaculture Division, JAPFA, Indonesia
Laurent Genet, Corporate Development Director, NUTRECO, Netherlands
Benjamin Armenjon, CCO, YNSECT, France
Delegates break into themed roundtable groups, each hosted by a speaker, enabling more in-depth discussion of the issues raised during the conference panels.