The Straits Times
Published on Aug 21, 2014

R&D important to help Singapore improve its food security: Dr Maliki


SINGAPORE - As trends such as population growth and climate change threaten global food security, Singapore must improve the resilience of its own food supply, said National Development and Defence Minister of State Mohamad Maliki Osman.

Singapore imports more than 90 per cent of its food supply, but diversifies its sources across 160 countries so as to spread its risks, he noted. It also encourages local production of key food items, with the Government giving technical and funding support to local farms.

"To push food production beyond the current limits, we must rely on research and development (R&D) to boost productivity," he said on Thursday, at the opening of the second International Conference on Asian Food Security.

The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority currently works with farms as well as educational and research institutions on R&D, and the Government would like to enhance such collaboration. For example, Nanyang Technological University has partnered the Wageningen University of the Netherlands to work on technology like the conversion of waste to food supplements.