Food Security in Singapore: Looking Towards the Future |

Food Security in Singapore: Looking Towards the Future

IWP Research Seminar


Food is fundamental for human security. Singapore’s food security has two “faces”; one confident face in which it is considered the most food secure country in Asia because it has the economic capacity to purchase food; another is a worried face because it is a vulnerable country importing 90 percent of its food needs.  A recent UN report has affirmed the 50 percent increase in global food demand by 2050, and the need to invest at least US$ 265 billion per year to generate new knowledge and technologies.  The competition to buy food in the global marketplace has also been predicted to get more severe from big deficit food-producing countries like China.  Singapore can contribute towards its own food security by value-adding to its strengths.  As a policy, encouraging contract farming in food surplus countries offers opportunity to secure assured supplies. Investing in “disruptive technologies” to grow food in Singapore’s urban space is another high potential opportunity.  Singapore should also leverage on its financial and technological prowess to promote two new investment areas in its neighbours – “agtech” and “fintech”.  Ultimately, Singapore’s food security will depend on regional and global food security, both enabled by investments in good science and sound policies.

Professor Paul Teng

Adjunct Senior Fellow, Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Professor Paul Teng is a Professor with the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore where he holds appointments as Principal Officer, National Institute of Education, and  Senior Fellow (Food Security), S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS). He has over thirty years of international experience in agri-food issues, gained from leadership positions at the WorldFish Center (Malaysia), the International Rice Research Institute (Philippines), Monsanto Company, and the University of Hawaii.  Prof. Teng has won awards like the Eriksson Prize (Royal Swedih Academy of Science) and an Honorary Doctor of Science (Murdoch University, Australia) and is a Fellow of the American Phytopathological Society, and of The World Academy of Sciences. He was elected an Honorary Member, Applied and Agricultural Economics Society, Inc. of the Philippines in 2017.  He is currently Chairman, of the Cornell University-based International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) and Chair, Asia Biobusiness Pte. Ltd., Singapore.  He also advises several companies on policies and strategies to achieve sustainability and sustainable growth.  His most recent book is BioScience Entrepeneurship in Asia and accompanies over 250 technical papers and eight other books.  Prof. Teng is also an honorary Senior Fellow of the Southeast Asia Regional Centre for Graduate Studies and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), Philippines, where he coordinates yearly a one-week Executive Forum on Leaders in ASEAN Agriculture and Development. His research focusses on the technology:policy interface in agriculture, environment, food security and sustainable development.  Prof. Teng is a frequent commentator on food and sustainability issues.

Chair Person:

Dr. Cecilia Tortajada, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Water Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore

Monday, 10 July 2017

12:15 pm-1:30 pm


Seminar Room 3-5
Manasseh Meyer
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
469C Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 259772

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