Singapore International Agri-Food Week debuts as a hybrid event

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The Singapore International Agri-Food Week (SIAW) will launch this November as a four-day online/offline hybrid event aimed at catalysing sustainable food production in Asia.

Organised by global investment company Temasek in partnership with Economic Development Board, Enterprise Singapore, Singapore Food Agency, Singapore Tourism Board, and event organisers Rethink Events and Constellar, SIAW will bring together the world’s leading food producers, agribusinesses, entrepreneurs, investors, research institutions and policymakers.

Multi-agency projects like SIAW could make Singapore an ideal launchpad for international startups in agri-food technology looking to penetrate the region, and for  local and Asian start-ups looking to overseas markets

Notable speakers from international organisations, such as BASF, Cargill, Nestle, Tyson Foods, Unilever, The World Health Organisation, and the Tony Blair Institute, will share insights on scaling agri-food developments across Asia. Content will be livestreamed globally.

SIAW will comprise three key events: the launch event on November 15, which will feature an MoU signing between the partners, a fireside chat on driving agri-food innovation and collaboration opportunities in Asia, and the Roundtable on Novel Food Regulations; the fourth Asia Pacific Agri-Food Innovation Summit by Rethink Events, from November 16 to 18; and the inaugural Agri-Food Tech Expo Asia by Constellar.

Chua Wee Phong, chief executive, markets, Constellar, said in a press statement: “We’re excited to bring together Asia’s key players in the agri-food tech sector to catalyse collaboration and growth. The pandemic has given us the opportunity to build innovative audience engagement solutions which enable impactful global business networking. We look forward to hosting a unique O2O (online to offline) hybrid experience, bringing together stakeholders safely in a post-Covid world to activate impactful networks, explore opportunities and embark on partnerships, to strengthen the resilience and sustainability of Asia’s agri-food sectors.”

Dilys Boey, assistant CEO, food, healthcare & biomedical with Enterprise Singapore, said: “Global partnerships across research institutes, government, established and start-up private enterprises are key to driving agri-food innovation in Asia. Such partnerships strengthen the global competitiveness of Singapore and Asia-based start-ups in agri-food technology as they look to overseas markets, and conversely, open doors for international startups to anchor in and leverage Singapore as a launchpad to the region.”

Yap Chin Siang, Singapore Tourism Board’s deputy chief executive, added that the launch of SIAW is “testament to Singapore’s enduring status as a premier hub for global business events”.

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