Thursday November 21 Morning
- By 2050, 70% of the world’s – and 64% of Asia’s – population is expected to be in cities. Where are the opportunities for urban agriculture to meet Asian cities’ growing demand for nutritious, safe, resilient foods? What value do different urban farming approaches bring?
- What unique challenges do urban growers face in Asia, and how can these be overcome?
- What’s next on the horizon for urban-grown produce? What is needed to sustain our cities?
- What innovative business models have shown success for scaling at steady pace and optimising growing methods and technologies?
- What value can urban farmed produce offer retailers and food brands? Where are the opportunities for partnerships between growers and retailers or food brands, and what new models are arising? How will food distribution systems need to adapt to incorporate a new wave of local produce?
- From plant science to lighting solutions and robotics, what technology innovation is emerging, both locally and internationally, to reduce resource use, increase yield, and optimize crop quality in indoor farming?
- How far are we from achieving cost-viable indoor farming systems in Asia?
- What business models are combining these technologies effectively, and what role can AI, machine learning and control systems play in optimising conditions and reducing labour costs?
- How can we take these technologies from pilot to mainstream, and where are partnerships and investment needed to accelerate this process?
- What technology innovation is emerging in the Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS) space to develop urban farms that offer healthier, cleaner, more sustainable, local seafood?
- What is the market landscape for RAS and what are the key challenges limiting the growth of this sector? What business models have been successful?
- What is needed to drive innovation and encourage investment to further build this newly emerging industry?
- With reliance on wild fish stocks for aquaculture feed unsustainable, where are the opportunities for alternative protein fish feed to deliver on a nutritious yet sustainable feed alternative? From seaweed and microbials, to insect protein, what innovative approaches are emerging and what is the latest technology enabling for Asian aquaculture?
- What is needed to achieve cost comparativeness with conventional wild fish stock feed? Where are the opportunities for partnerships and investment to drive this forward?
- What feed innovation is occurring to address fish health by delivering increased nutrition and reduced mycotoxins, supporting healthier immune systems and reduced disease?
- What innovation is emerging locally and internationally to deliver a cell-based product desirable to Asian consumers – what are the right products to bring to market, and what is different about the approach required?
- How can we make clean-meat products affordable? How are innovative approaches accelerating route to market and adoption in the short-term, and, in the longer term, what is required for a paradigm shift to rapidly bring down production costs?
- Could developing cell-based proteins as functional foods be an entry point to the market?
- Where is investment and collaboration needed to drive the industry in Asia forwards? What are the predicted returns and timeline for investments in the space?
With urban-grown produce and alternative protein dishes
Thursday November 21 Afternoon
- Moving beyond burgers, how are companies adapting products to satisfy Asian consumer tastes? What exciting new products are coming beyond meat replacements?
- How can we improve the nutritional profile of plant-based products? What’s missing nutrition-wise and how can we take plant-based foods to the next level by improving their functionality? What’s coming on the horizon?
- How can we design crops specifically for plant-based protein ingredients?
- What innovation is emerging in the texture and fragrances and flavours spaces to deliver on delicious products with desirable textures and flavours?
- How do supply chains need to adapt to meet demand for plant-based ingredients, and where are the partnership and investment opportunities to accelerate new ingredient adoption? How can we ensure sustainability?
Four early-stage companies pitch their protein-focused solutions to our audience, each followed by a Q&A with our panel of Shark Investors.
An opportunity to connect with Asia’s most exciting agri-food start-ups in the TechHub exhibition
Taking a thousand years to decompose, plastic packaging, while cheap and functional, is unsustainable for the future of our planet. With recycling rates low and usage high, plastic quantity is fast mounting up and polluting our seas, not only harming wildlife but also contaminating our food and water through microplastics.
To address the plastic packaging crisis, 250 leading global food companies have joined the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, pledging to ensure that 100% of plastic packaging can be easily and safely reused, recycled, or composted by 2025. Yet where are the solutions?
Three technology companies present their disruptive alternatives to single-use plastic packaging.
- How has the innovation ecosystem in Singapore developed over the last 2-3 years? What exciting initiatives have emerged, and what is required to foster this ecosystem and drive it forward? What’s on the horizon?
- What new insights and approaches are emerging in academia and research, and where are the opportunities for partnerships to bring these to the industry?
- What role can governments play in driving an innovation culture in Asia? What new initiatives and incentives are emerging? What unique challenges need to be overcome to foster and support local entrepreneurship?
- How can accelerators and incubators support the growing regional start-up scene? Where are the opportunities for collaboration and complementary approaches?