Mayors Forum
Lee Kuan Yew World City Price
Young Leaders
City Solution Singapore

Building and Growing a Thriving Urban Food Eco-System

Co-Organised with Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore

Date: Tuesday, 10th July 2018
Time: 3.30 pm – 6.00 pm

Amidst growing pressures on scarce food resources due to population growth, rapid urbanisation rates and the impacts of climate change, there is a growing concern that global supply of food may not keep up with the growing demand. As a city-state of about 730km2, Singapore’s resources (land, water, electricity etc) face many competing uses. Currently, less than 1% of the land is used for agricultural food production and more than 98% of our food is imported.

Fortunately, the recent growth in innovative technologies in the agriculture sector has opened up opportunities for countries like Singapore, making it now possible for our farms to harness such technologies to ‘grow more with less’. Beyond technology innovations, what else would it take to build and grow a thriving food ecosystem in an urban environment?

This session brought together experts in the field of cluster development and in the forefront of agri-technology innovation to discuss and provide insights on urban food solutions.

Opening Address
Lim Kok Thai
Chief Executive Officer, Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority, Singapore

Topic 1: Achieving Synergies through Cluster Development

Keynote Speaker
Arjen Droog
Vice Director, Regio Food Valley NL

Topic 2: Innovation in Food & Agri-technology

Keynote Speaker
Michael Dean
Co-Founder/Chief Investment Officer, AgFunder

Panel Moderator
Prof. Annie Koh
Vice President, Office of Business Development SMU, Singapore

Sun Xueling
Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of National Development & Ministry of Home Affairs

Arjen Droog
Vice Director, Regio Food Valley NL

Michael Dean
Co-Founder/Chief Investment Officer, AgFunder

Susan Chong
Chief Executive Officer, GreenPhyto Pte Ltd, Singapore

Benjamin Swan
Chief Executive Officer, Sustenir Agriculture Singapore


5:15pm - 5:30pm: Publication Launch: Food and the City: Overcoming Challenges for Food Security