Future Food Asia 2023 will see Dr Ismahane Elouafi, Chief Scientist at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) as the Guest of Honour. At FFA, attendees gain strategic insights through fireside chats, debates, keynote speeches and unparalleled networking opportunities to engage with industry experts, thought leaders, academia, investors and entrepreneurs.
Driven by increased urbanization and growing middle-income consumers Asia presents opportunities for stronger, more sustainable economic growth and development. With the support of its partners over the past six years, FFA has empowered over 70 early-stage start-ups from APAC by providing them with a unique platform to present their cutting-edge innovations and has distributed over US$ 1 million in awards.
For this seventh edition FFA will put the spotlight on the latest innovations creating a secure, sustainable agri-food system and is delighted to welcome back Cargill as its Title Partner.
“Cargill is delighted to return as Title Partner of Future Food Asia for the third year running. The experience from our previous sponsorships has proven FFA to be a strong enabler for agri-companies like ours to strengthen our innovation and digital growth engines through collaboration with early stage start-ups. Cargill’s global size, scale and diversity of businesses puts us in a strong position to be at the centre of discussions at FFA. We are very much looking forward to bringing our unique insights to collectively address the pressing challenges within the region’s dynamic food and agri-sector,” says Ross Hamou-Jennings, Chair of Cargill Asia-Pacific.
This edition will see the introduction of two Roundtables with participation from leading Chief Technology Officers and Chief Sustainability Officers to convene on unlocking game changing innovation and make investments that strengthen the sector and increase its capacity to provide solutions to not only feed the planet but feed it sustainably.
Dr. Ian Roberts, CTO of Bühler Group says “It is becoming more imperative that we explore collaborative solutions to Asia’s most pressing food system challenges, with the intention of harnessing access to shared resources and ideas outside of a corporation’s area of expertise. The roundtables will facilitate constructive engagement between key decision makers from leading food corporations so we can unlock solutions and innovate together in a broader, inclusive way. I believe there is a tremendous opportunity here to tackle the current fragmented landscape through an ecosystems approach, where we develop a community of practice to share learnings and capacity building from the top-down within a corporation. We look forward to closely working with the FFA team for this exciting new addition to the event this year!”
Joining Cargill and Buhler as anchor partners is the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore’s lead public research agency. Cargill and A*STAR will also be forming the jury for the FFA Award.
Call for Applications
FFA2023 will be held this May as a 2 day in-person conference in Singapore. Ten finalists from APAC selected after an extensive assessment process by the FFA jury will showcase their innovations and compete for the US$100,000 grand prize. Startups eligible for this award must have completed proof of concept.
Agrifoodtech has matured and beyond just the rising investment dollars there are solutions native to regions outside of APAC that have strong potential to tap into this market and expand into this region. Keeping in mind the large market opportunity on offer in this region ID Capital is introducing an additional award track for startups from outside of APAC. Such startups must have proof of commercial viability and concrete plans to expand into APAC. This first-ever ‘Gateway to Asia’ award will expedite their expansion here with support from ID Capital in strategy and business development in the region.
Applications for both awards are now open at futurefoodasia.com/ffa2023/