Agri-Food Tech Expo Asia returns this October; first previews in Jakarta and Bangkok

AFTEA 2023 will see previews in Jakarta and Bangkok leading up to the main event in Singapore

Agri-Food Tech Expo Asia (AFTEA) will return for its second edition this year from 31 Oct to 2 Nov at Sands Expo & Convention Centre in Singapore.

The Asia-Pacific region is expected to account for 60% of global consumption by 2030, and is also home to some 450 million smallholder farmers who contribute up to 80% of the region’s food supply. Against this backdrop, there is a critical need to increase global agri-food tech financing activity and industry development to ensure a more sustainable future for the region. AFTEA was created to inspire local stakeholders and empower them to make informed decisions, as well as help accelerate collaborations, opportunities and solutions as a region.

A Constellar event with international content partner DLG (the German Agricultural Society), its inaugural edition last year welcomed over 6,000 attendees from 66 countries, and 163 exhibitors from 24 countries with nine national pavilions from Canada, France, Germany, Indonesia, Israel, Republic of Korea, Singapore, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom. 2022’s edition also facilitated over 500 business meetings and 55 sandbox sessions over the event days.

Building momentum with the key theme Enhancing Food Ecosystems for A Sustainable Future, AFTEA 2023 will deep-dive into three focus areas – innovation, sustainability, and safety – to explore solutions and technologies that will enhance every stage and aspect of the food production and manufacturing supply chain for future generations in the Asia-Pacific region.

Regional roadshows in Jakarta and Bangkok

In the lead-up to AFTEA 2023 in October, regional roadshows in Jakarta (Indonesia) and Bangkok (Thailand) will provide the industry and invited media a preview of the latest technologies and solutions to check out at the exhibition in Singapore. They are also opportunities for in-market practitioners and experts – industry leaders, governments, and communities – to share first-hand insights and build their network to advance agri-food technology in the nation.

Thailand and Indonesia were selected as host countries of the upcoming roadshows as they are among the top three South East Asian countries with the highest contribution to GDP and jobs by their agri-food sectors. Indonesia’s agri-food sector holds a strong position in the regional economy and plays an important role in its future economic development, while Thailand has been accelerating nationwide digital transformation plans for the local food and agriculture industry in recent years, focusing on big data, smart agriculture, e-commerce and agribusiness improvement.

  • Jakarta (Indonesia): 2 Aug (10:00–14:00 Western Indonesian time) at JS Luwansa Hotel, Rasuna Said Kuningan South Jakarta.
  • Speakers include GAPMMI chairman Adhi S. Lukman and PISAgro executive director Insan Syafaat, as well as spokespersons from Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of National Development Planning (BAPPENAS).
  • Bangkok (Thailand): 23 Aug (14:00–16:00 Thailand time) at Grand Center Point, Terminal 21.
  • Speakers include the Advisor for the Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives, and president of the Thai Society of Agricultural Engineering, Dr Dares Kittiyopas, and spokesperson from Bureau of Agricultural Commodities/Department of Agriculture Extension.

New highlights at AFTEA 2023

On top of Living Lab showcases, Sandbox sessions and the business-matching opportunities, this year’s edition will also see the debut of the Culinary Lab and Founders’ Hub for experiential product demonstrations and journey sharing by industry stakeholders. More details will be shared nearer to date.

AFTEA is a key participating event of the Singapore International Agri-Food Week (SIAW), hosted by Temasek and Singapore Food Agency (SFA) and supported by the Economic Development Board (EDB), Enterprise Singapore (ESG), and the Singapore Tourism Board (STB).

Supporting trade associations for AFTEA 2023 include the Singapore Manufacturing Federation (SMF), French Chamber of Commerce in Singapore (FCCS), Singaporean-German Chamber of Industry and Commerce (SGC), APAC Society for Cellular Agriculture (APAC-SCA), Canada-ASEAN Business Council, The Indonesian Food & Beverage (GAPMMI), Partnership for Indonesia’s Sustainable Agriculture (PISAgro) and the Japan Association for Cellular Agriculture (JACA).