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SUSTAINABLE URBAN
AGRICULTURE FORUM

27 OCTOBER 2022 | THURSDAY 2.00PM - 5.30PM

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Overview

The Sustainable Urban Agriculture Forum is organised by Republic Polytechnic (RP), in partnership with IPI Singapore and Trendlines Agrifood Innovation Centre. This forum brings together thought leaders and stakeholders in the urban agriculture ecosystem to exchange ideas, discuss emerging trends, challenges and opportunities with the goal of developing a sustainable approach to address domestic and regional food security issues.

This forum will address key questions on how we reconcile the need for food security through urban agriculture against its environmental and economic impacts. Our speakers will discuss the challenges such as the high farming costs and energy consumption. They will also share the latest trends in sustainable farming technologies, the viability of adopting such technologies and their relevance to local and regional farms. Through this interactive forum, we hope to deepen existing collaborations between our industry partners, as well as to facilitate meaningful connections in order to co-create innovative solutions and sustainable urban farming projects.


Programme highlights include:

  • Presentations on the latest trends in sustainable urban agriculture by Singapore/ and international keynote speakers
  • Project Exhibitions by RP and industry partners
  • Visit to The Greenhouse @ RP

Programme

2.00pm – 2.30pm Registration and Viewing of Exhibitions
2.30pm – 2.40pm Welcome Address by Mr. YEO Li Pheow
Principal/CEO, Republic Polytechnic (RP)
2.40pm – 2.45pm Opening Address by Guest of Honour Mr. Alvin TAN
Minister of State, Ministry of Trade & Industry & Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth
2.45pm – 3.10pm MOU Signing Ceremony with Key Industry Partners
3.10pm – 3.20pm Future of Sustainable Farming
Keynote Address by Mr. FONG Yew Chan
Chief Technology Officer, Republic Polytechnic (RP)
3.20pm – 3.40pm Sustainable Urban Agriculture – Challenges and Opportunities
Keynote Address by Professor Paul P.S. TENG, Ph.D., Hon.D.Sc.
Managing Director & Dean, NIE International Pte Ltd | National Institute of Education Adjunct Senior Fellow, Centre for non-Traditional Security Studies, RSIS Nanyang Technological University Singapore
3.40pm – 4.00pm The Change of our Food Starts with the City and Entrepreneur
Keynote Address by Mrs. Meiny PRINS
CEO, Priva B.V., Founder, Sustainable Urban Delta
4.45pm – 5.30pm Visit to The Greenhouse at Republic Polytechnic
Key Facilities:
  • Container Labs
  • Naturally Ventilated Greenhouse
  • Climate Controlled Glasshouse
* The programme may be subject to change without prior notice.

Speakers

Mr. Fong Yew Chan

Chief Technology Officer, Republic Polytechnic (RP)

Mr Fong is the Chief Technology Officer at Republic Polytechnic, an institute of Higher Learning based in Singapore offering a range of diverse diploma programmes. He is responsible for spearheading innovation and digitalisation across the entire polytechnic, as well as overseeing the R&D and commercialisation endeavours in the schools. Prior to Republic Polytechnic, Mr Fong has held senior appointments at A*Star, the National Science and Technology Board, Singapore Technologies and DSO National Laboratories. Mr Fong holds a Diplôme d’études approfondies (DEA) from the Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble (INPG) and the École Centrale de Lyon (ECL). He also holds a Diplôme d’Ingénieur from the École nationale supérieure d’ingénieurs électriciens de Grenoble (ENSIEG), in France.

PROFESSOR PAUL TENG

Ph.D., Hon. D.Sc., FAAET

Professor Teng is Adjunct Senior Fellow, Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies, and concurrently Managing Director & Dean, NIE International Pte. Ltd., both entities of Nanyang Technological University Singapore. He is also Senior Adviser (AgriFood) to A*STAR Singapore, and additionally advises several agtech startups. Paul previously held leadership positions in the Worldfish Centre, the International Rice Research Institute, Monsanto Company and U.S. universities. Professor Paul Teng is internationally recognized for his expertise in tropical agrifood systems, sustainable rural transformation and food security, with a focus on smallholder cropping systems like rice-based ecosystems. He is also expert in AGTECH (Agricultural technology), Biotechnology applications in agriculture, Digitalization in agrifood systems, Smart/Precision farming and Integrated Pest Management Additionally Paul has started, divested and is still involved in several agri-bio tech companies. He has researched and taught in North America, Africa and Asia, and has published over fifteen books and over two hundred technical papers. Paul obtained his B.Agric. Sc (Hons) and Ph.D. from Lincoln College, University of Canterbury, NZ. Paul has been recognized for his work through the Eriksson Prize in Plant Pathology, election as Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences and other professional societies and conferred an Honorary D.Sc. from Murdoch University, Australia.

Meiny Prins

CEO, Priva

Meiny Prins is CEO and co-owner of Priva. She dedicates a significant part of her working life to promoting sustainability, innovation and entrepreneurship. Meiny is a much sought-after international authority in this field. With a clear and inspiring message on sustainability, she builds bridges between companies, governments and sectors.

In her role as CEO, she was named Business Woman of the Year. Meiny is an honored alumnus of Erasmus University and was in 2015 recognized by AACSB International as an Influential Leader in the field of sustainability. In addition, Meiny received the first CleanTech Star from WWF (World Wildlife Fund) awarded to Priva. She has held various board positions focusing on water, energy transition and food security. Today, she is a member of the Committee for Entrepreneurship and Finance in the Netherlands.

Meiny is also the founder of the Sustainable Urban Delta Foundation. Due to climate change, huge food waste in the world and insufficient availability of healthy food, it is of great importance that megacities transform themselves into food producing cities. Integrating food production not only ensures that megacities are self-sufficient, but also means that more green space is created, water can be saved, energy sources can be optimally utilized, while reducing CO2 emissions and thus making a substantial contribution to a better climate.

The Foundation aims to inspire and help city councils, urban planners, architects, real estate developers, businesses, entrepreneurs and citizens to discover that in a food-producing city, new and promising connections will emerge on an economic, social and ecological level.