Asia-Pacific Agri-food Innovation Week Podcast

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Responding to the major shift in Asian diets as busy urban consumers adopt convenience foods and ready-prepared meals, a new wave of healthy ingredients and products are poised to combat the rise of diabetes and obesity in the region. From healthier alternatives to sugar and sugar replacements, fortification of staple foods, to specialty foods that tackle specific health challenges such as senior wellness and cognitive health, the challenge is to create foods that promote health while retaining convenience, flavour, texture and affordability for the Asian consumer. To talk through this, we have with us Anand Sudaresan, Regional Vice President, DSM, Asia Pacific, Singapore (from 1:52), Matthew Godfrey, CEO, Nutrition Innovation, Singapore (from 22:32) and Jennie Moss, Managing Director, Rethink Events (from 42:22). Register for Asia-Pacific Agri-Food Innovation Week here:

Anand Sundaresan, Mathew Godfrey, Jennie Moss

Asia’s agri-food system is under stress from the impact of climate change, urbanisation, soil erosion, pests and a fragmented supply chain with high loss rate, yet also needs to produce increasing volumes to feed a rapidly growing population. As pressure mounts on farmers to increase the volume, quality and safety of outputs while using fewer resources, reducing waste and impact on the environment, new digital technologies will be critical to delivering swift, sustainable change in a region still heavily reliant on a manual workforce and traditional farming processes. In this episode we discuss the opportunities and benefits offered by new digital agtech solutions, and the challenges for widespread adoption in the region. Justin Gong, Co-Founder and Vice President, XAG, China (from 02:20) Suresh Sunderarajan, President & Group Head – Strategic Investments & Corporate Functions, OLAM INTERNATIONAL, Singapore (from 22:40) Host: Graham Brown, CEO, Pitch Media Register for Asia-Pacific Agri-Food Innovation Week here:

Justin Gong, Suresh Sunderarajan

Singapore has defined key threats and opportunities relating to its food security and self-sufficiency. Currently it produces less than 10% its own food supply, relying on global imports for the other 90% to feed its population’s nutritional needs. With a growing urban population, and less than 1% of its land currently in use for agriculture, the Singapore government has set an ambitious challenge to invest in new technologies and distribution models that will enable it to produce 30% of its own food by 2030, with special focus on three pillars: vertical farming, aquaculture and cell-based proteins to provide fresh vegetables, fruit and protein sources. This initiative (and the associated investment to create an agri-food innovation hub for the region) has cleared an exciting path for agri-food tech innovators to breakthrough and scale solutions that will deliver cost-effective, high yield, nutritious and sustainable food systems. Speakers: Ka Yi Ling, PhD – Chief Scientific Officer/Co-founder, Shiok Meats (from 02:45), John Diener, Chief Operating Officer of AGRIPROTEIN (from 16:59), Ankesh Shahra, Director, VERTIVEGIES (from 36:37) and Jennie Moss, Managing Director, Rethink Events (from 52:32). Register for Asia-Pacific Agri-Food Innovation Week here:

Ka Yi Ling, John Deiner, Ankesh Shahra, Jennie Moss

About Asia-Pacific Agri-food Innovation Week Podcast

Accelerating Technology and Investment in Asia’s Agri-Food Value Chain.

Singapore’s annual Asia-Pacific Agri-Food Innovation Week investigates the growing role of technology in building an efficient, resilient and sustainable agri-food supply chain that can deliver fresh, nutritious food to today’s fast-changing consumer market.

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