Singapore imports food from more than 170 countries and regions today. This helps us to ensure that we have a steady and sufficient supply of food for our people.
However, we are reliant on imports for more than 90 per cent of our food. This leaves us vulnerable to external factors, such as volatilities of the global food market, the impacts of climate change, and even disease outbreaks.
To make our food supply more resilient, we are pursuing three strategies, also known as our three ‘food baskets’: These are:
- Diversify import sources
- Grow local
- Grow overseas
This year, as part of our 2020: Singapore Food Story campaign, we will focus on the “Grow Local” basket. We have set an ambitious target to increase our local food production to meet 30 per cent of our nutritional needs by 2030 (”30-by-30”). Local food production will reduce our reliance on imports and buffer the impact of overseas supply disruptions.
However, the ”30-by-30” vision will require a multi-fold increase to our current production. Our agri-tech industry will need to adopt new solutions to raise productivity, apply R&D, strengthen climate resilience, and overcome our resource constraints. In addition to strengthening food security, growing more food locally will also complement our broader sustainability efforts in the long run.
A key determinant of the success of our “30 by 30” strategy is increasing support for, and consumption of, our local produce. We have launched a new local produce label to enable consumers to easily identify and choose home-grown produce in supermarkets. The logo was created in close collaboration with local farmers, retailers and associations. It was also put up for public voting earlier this year. The refreshed local produce label is an important step towards encouraging consumers to opt for local produce. We would also need to work with our communities and industries to generate greater awareness and broader support for our local farms.
How can we (individuals, private and public sectors) increase the demand for local produce in Singapore?
Be Part of the Solution!
We are recruiting Singaporeans to work with us to co-create solutions to increase the demand for local produce.
As a Workgroup participant, you will have the opportunity to meet and consult with subject matter experts in the agri-food industry. You will also have the chance to network with fellow Workgroup members to discuss ideas, come up with proposals, and partner us to implement them.
All recommendations proposed by the Workgroup will be considered by the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources and the Singapore Food Agency.
Interested to take part?
You must meet the following criteria in order to be eligible to join the Workgroup:
a. You must be a Singaporean or Permanent Resident.
b. You must commit to attend all four sessions of the Workgroup, which will take place on:
- Sat 27 Jun, 9am to 5pm
- Sat 18 Jul, 9am to 5pm
- Sat 29 Aug, 9am to 5pm
- Sat 19 Sep, 9am to 5pm
Within the period of 27 Jun - 19 Sep, depending on the Workgroup proposals, you may also need to commit additional time to develop your ideas and implement prototypes on a small scale to test the ideas.
Want to find out more?
Please read these FAQs for further information about the Workgroup.
Register your interest
If you are keen to participate in the Workgroup, kindly register your interest here before 31 March 2020.
You will be notified via email by May 2020 if you are successful in your application.