How Singapore’s Food Security Fares with Its Big Economy


Food sustainability in Singapore – Despite its status as one of the most competitive economies globally, Singapore still experiences multiple issues, including food security – a challenge felt on several fronts. Thankfully, food sustainability in Singapore is a continuous effort encouraged by the government and adopted by an increasing number of companies.

Singapore is a small city-state with limited access to natural resources. Only 1% of the land is used for food production, while 90% of food is imported internationally in an increasingly disorderly world.

The recent Covid-19 pandemic and Ukraine-Russia tension have further augmented the gravity of safeguarding food security. Singapore has been actively planning for long-term food security via the Singapore Food Agency’s (SFA) “three food baskets” strategy, diversifying food sources, growing both locally and overseas. 

This approach has been serving the Republic well in securing a safe food supply.

Diversified Sourcing

Singapore’s food imports leverage the nation’s robust connectivity and the global free trade environment to import from different sources in around 170 countries and regions globally. 

If disruption to one source happens, importers can tap alternative food sources to retain supply stability. Lockdown measures caused by Covid-19 revealed Singapore’s vulnerabilities to food supply disruptions. 

The food supply remained stable, and market shelves were restored promptly thanks to a deliberate government strategy to diversify food sources.

To keep the nation’s diversified food supply lines unbroken despite global issues, SFA, the Ministry of Trade and Industry and Enterprise Singapore (ESG), is tapped to oversee Singapore’s food supply situation. Assisted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the two worked with other countries to retain open trade links.

Local production as a vital buffer

SFA drives local farm innovation intending to produce 30% of Singapore’s nutritional needs by 2030, dubbed the “30 by 30” plan. This can be achieved through a holistic and long-term approach to boosting agri-food technology, space-planning, and developing local agri-specialists.

Tapping technology

The Agriculture Productivity Fund (APF) supports food sustainability in Singapore for local farms to let them develop and lead towards better productivity. 

Through multiple government segments, co-fund the adoption of farming systems to control better environmental variables boost production capabilities and test-bed technologies. Almost S$42 million was set aside for 115 farms between October 2014 and September 2020.

Through advanced robotic and digital systems capability for use in farming, Singapore’s farmers have also started taking advantage of technology, becoming specialists and innovative agri-engineers in their own right.

Singapore farms will start leveraging artificial intelligence in their farming systems coupled with dosing irrigation, IoT monitoring, and an advanced environmental control system to get optimum growing conditions throughout the year.

Food sustainability in Singapore is a proactive mission with wide-ranging efforts at ensuring food security. Still, it would not be effective without support from consumers and companies looking to go green. While the pandemic and looming war have led to import issues, it also affected the efforts to accelerate local product support. With local support for farmers and other crucial measures, Singapore can ensure food security and beat the odds despite the global situation.

Erric Ravi
Erric Ravi
Erric Ravi is an entrepreneur, speaker & the founder of Storify News and Gurgaon Times of India He is the Co-Founder of The Storify News Times. Forbes calls him a top influencer of Chief Marketing Officers and the world’s top social marketing talent. Entrepreneur lists him among 50 online marketing influencers to watch. has him on the list of 20 digital marketing experts to follow on Twitter. Oanalytica named him #1 Global Content Marketing Influencer. BizHUMM ranks him as the world’s #1 business blogger.

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