2019: A look back

Thinking out of the box to boost food security

The Eco-Ark is anchored 24/7 in open sea. Last year, Singapore imported food from more than 180 countries.
The Eco-Ark is anchored 24/7 in open sea. Last year, Singapore imported food from more than 180 countries.ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

Parched swathes of farmland, livestock sweltering on sun-baked earth, rice stocks wiped out by floods - with climate change fuelling extreme weather events such as droughts, floods and wildfires, the global food supply is becoming more uncertain than ever.

Singapore, which imports more than 90 per cent of its food, is well aware of the havoc nature can cause to its citizens' dinner plates.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 21, 2019, with the headline 'Thinking out of the box to boost food security'. Print Edition | Subscribe