Singapore spearheads commitment to sustainable food production through three landmark agreements

Three landmark Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) were signed today, marking the next stage of Singapore’s commitment to catalyse sustainable food production locally as well as regionally, as part of the inaugural Singapore International Agri-Food Week (SIAW).

Guest-of-Honour, Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic Policies, Mr Heng Swee Keat attended the opening event and gave an opening speech to share about the global food challenges and opportunities that it presents to the agri-food sector. Together with more than two hundred industry guests, he also witnessed the signing of three multi-year agreements.

The inaugural Singapore International Agri-Food Week (SIAW) seeks to accelerate innovation in
supply chain resilience, urban food systems, alternative proteins, and affordable nutrition.

From left to right: Dr TAN Lee Kim (Director-General, Food Administration, and Deputy CEO, Singapore Food Agency); Mr YEOH Keat Chuan (Deputy Head, Enterprise Development Group; Mr HENG Swee Keat (Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic Policies); Mr Yap Chin Siang (Deputy Chief Executive, Singapore Tourism Board); Ms Jennie MOSS (Founder and Managing Director, Rethink Events); and Mr CHUA Wee Phong (CE, Markets, Constellar)

Singapore International Agri-Food Week (SIAW)

Marking the first of three milestone agreements, Temasek, Singapore Food Agency (SFA), Economic Development Board (EDB), Enterprise Singapore (ESG), Singapore Tourism Board (STB), Rethink Events, and Constellar have signed a 3-year Memorandum of Understanding to jointly organise the SIAW on an annual basis. SFA would represent ESG, EDB and STB to sign the MoU.

With the 2021 edition being the first, the annual event week aims to gather stakeholders from the agri-food industry, facilitating the sharing of best practices, showcasing the latest innovative technologies, and highlighting upcoming business opportunities in the sector.

Agri-food related events under this umbrella brand include the Roundtable on Novel Food Regulations by SFA, the Asia-Pacific Agri-Food Innovation Summit by Rethink, and the Agri-Food Tech Expo Asia by Constellar. SIAW will be inaugurated on 15 November 2021, with subsequent editions planned from 2022 to 2024.

Asia-Pacific Agri-Food Innovation Summit

STB has signed a 3-year Memorandum of Understanding with Rethink Events to anchor and grow the Asia-Pacific Agri-Food Innovation Summit in Singapore from 2022 to 2024.

The summit convenes the world’s leading agribusinesses, growers, consumer packaged goods and ingredient brands, entrepreneurs, investors, retailers and policymakers to share ideas and collaborate towards greater security and sustainability in Asia’s agri-food system. It will feature curated content and platforms for high-value connections and knowledge exchange, attracting international business leaders to Singapore and supporting the growth of Asia’s agri-food innovation ecosystem.

Taking place from 16 – 18 November 2021, the Asia-Pacific Agri-Food Innovation Summit is expected to see 200 in-person attendees and 600 additional participants joining virtually from around the world. The hybrid event will be held at the Grand Hyatt Singapore, with subsequent editions planned from 2022 to 2024 as part of the SIAW.

The summit forms part of a global circuit of related industry events produced by Rethink Events, including the World Agri-Tech and Future Food Tech summits in London, San Francisco, New York, and São Paolo.

The Asia-Pacific Agri-Food Innovation Summit brings together global innovators and investors to share ideas and collaborate towards a secure, sustainable Agri-Food system in Asia.

From left to right: Mr POH Chi Chuan (Executive Director, Exhibitions and Conferences, Singapore Tourism Board); Mr HENG Swee Keat (Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic Policies); Mr Yap Chin Siang (Deputy Chief Executive, Singapore Tourism Board); and Ms Jennie MOSS (Founder and Managing Director, Rethink Events);

Agri-Food Tech Expo Asia

STB has also signed a 3-year Memorandum of Understanding with Constellar and DLG – German Agricultural Society to officially launch the Agri-Food Tech Expo Asia in Singapore from 2022.

The Agri-Food Tech Expo Asia will provide a focused exhibition platform with a “living lab” environment, thematic experiential zones, sandbox, and community-based learning for over 100 emerging and established industry players in the agri-food industry to launch, showcase and testbed their solutions.

Taking place in Singapore in October 2022, the event is expected to welcome both local and global agri-food businesses, urban and smart food producers and dealers, manufacturers, growers, solutions providers, start-ups and investors to experience new integrated food systems. Subsequent editions are also planned for 2023 and 2024.

The Agri-Food Tech Expo Asia provides industry players a platform to launch, testbed and showcase their solutions for the food production sectors.

From left to right: Mr POH Chi Chuan (Executive Director, Exhibitions and Conferences, Singapore Tourism Board); Mr CHUA Wee Phong (CE, Markets, Constellar); Mr HENG Swee Keat (Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic Policies); Mr Yap Chin Siang (Deputy Chief Executive, Singapore Tourism Board); and Mr Tobias Eichberg (Member of the Board of Management of DLG e.V)

For more information on these events, please visit www.sginternationalagrifoodweek.com.sg.