Food security and climate change: Progress in Singapore and South East Asia

By Ken Hickson

IOFC funding to help Bangladesh overcome food security issues (Image: IFC)

Food security looms large as a global issue this year as it did in 2022 even before Russia’s ill conceived “plan” in invade Ukraine in February, thereby disrupting the supply of essential grains from Europe to Africa.

On top of climate change impacts on agricultural production and supply, this led to sharp rises in food and energy costs for consumers across the world, including Singapore, which is reliant on imports for close to 100% of its food supply.

It all brought to a head the need to seriously look at alternative food sources, sustainable agriculture, self-sufficiency in essential food production, and how to capitalise on the resurgence of interest (and investment) in lab-produced protein-rich products across plant or animal sources.

While Singapore is showing a lot of promise as a research and development centre for Asia-Pacific with regards to alternative food protein — the city state happens to host more than 100 start-ups intent on becoming the next big thing to compete with Impossible Foods — globally and regionally we are seeing action on many food and agriculture fronts.

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