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Updated: 3 May 2017

WAF 2017 Conference
Singapore,  6 - 7 July, 2017
Raffles City Convention Centre
      Provisional Speaker List:

  • Dr. Mahfuzzudin Ahmed, Advisor, Sustainable
    Development and Climate Change Department,
    concurrently Technical Adviser (Rural Development
    and Food Security), Asian Development Bank
  • Dr. Kenneth M. Baker, Chairman, World Agricultural
  • Rt. Hon. James Bolger, Former New Zealand Prime
    Minister and Chairman of the World Agricultural
    Forum Advisory Board
  • Associate Professor Mely CaballeroAnthony, Head,
    Centre for NonTraditional Security Studies, RSIS, NTU
  • Sri S. Chandramohan Reddy, Hon. Minister for
    Agriculture, Government of Andhra Pradesh
  • Professor Crawford Falconer, Sir Graeme Harrison
    Professorial Chair in Global Value Chains and Trade,
    Lincoln University
  • Dr. Shenggen Fan, Director General, International
    Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
  • Ms. Tan Poh Hong, CEO, AgriFood & Veterinary
    Authority (AVA), Republic of Singapore
  • Mr. Jeffrey Khoo PT, Vice President, Senior
    Originator, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions
  • Sri T Vijay Kumar, IAS, Former Special Chief
    Secretary to Government & Advisor to Government of
    Andhra Pradesh
  • Mr. Bernd Naaf, Head of Business Affairs &
    Communications, Member of the Executive
    Committee, Bayer CropScience AG
  • Dr. Jürgen Oldeweme, Senior Vice President & Global
    Head Regulatory Affairs Crop Protection, BASF SE
  • Amb. Ong Keng Yong, Former Secretary General
    ASEAN, Executive Deputy Chairman, RSIS, NTU
  • Michael O’Sullivan, Chief Investment Officer,
    International Wealth Management Division, Credit
  • Sri B. Rajsekhar, IAS,  Special Chief Secretary
    (Agriculture) to Government of Andhra Pradesh
  • Dr. Ngiam Tong Tau, Chairman, Sky Urban Solutions
    Holding Pte. Ltd.
  • Prof Paul Teng, Adjunct Senior Fellow for Food
    Security, Centre for NonTraditional Security Studies,
  • Amb. Vangelis Vitalis, Deputy Secretary of Trade,
    Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT), New
    Zealand, and Former Chairman of WTO Agricultural
  • Mr. Shuilin Wang, Representative of China and
    Advisor to the World Bank
In partnership with the
RSIS (S. Rajaratnam School of International
Studies) of the Nanyang Technological University,
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AGRICULTURE - Trade, New Technologies &
Food Security

Agriculture and Food Trade in the New World Order
The world’s ability to feed itself depends on trade in agriculture and food
products. However, changes are afoot in the way global trade is conducted. After
years of growth, global trade is down from its peaks, protectionism is rearing its
ugly head, the WTO has been unable to conclude an agricultural agreement and
even regional trade deals are getting ever more difficult to complete. Much of this
is driven by populism stoked by non-inclusive economic development policy and
political elitism. New strategies are needed to expand the food trade.

Imperatives for Securing the Food Production Base
Governments as well as the private sector will need to play their respective roles
in boosting food production to meet the needs of a growing global population.
This applies most especially to the Asian region which hosts the largest number
of people in the world. Yet, workers are leaving agriculture in the countryside and
moving to industry and services sectors in urban areas. Policy initiatives by
government, as well as financial investments by the private sector across the
supply chain ‘from farm to fork’, will be essential in tackling the challenges.

Technologies to Promote Sustainable Farming and Food Security
Technology can have a catalysing role in ensuring that yields are sufficient given
the negative impacts climate change can have on food production. The
profitability of agriculture, and its sustainability as an economic activity, greatly
depends on the use of appropriate agricultural inputs and innovative policy
measures. As two-thirds of global population are expected to live in urban areas,
foresighted technology will help ensure people have sufficient access to
affordable food in the long-run. Agriculture does not have to be confined to the
ground and in the countryside.  

Good Governance, Partnerships and Agricultural Productivity
Assuring food security depends on a convergence of policy and partnership
throughout the system and between different parts of the food chain. Good
governance needs to be a guiding principle - to ensure that farmers are
adequately compensated and motivated; to encourage financing through
partnerships to create collection, distribution and outlets for food production; to
ensure food products can be globally traded and supplied to needy populations;
and finally, to encourage research and
development to improve on efficient
and environmentally friendly production.
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Thursday, 6 July 2017
MORNING: Youth Engagement Sessions
  • Agriculture and Food Trade in the New World Order
  • Imperatives for Securing the Food Production Base
EVENING: Gala Dinner

Friday, 7 July 2017
  • Technologies to Promote Sustainable Farming and Food Security
  • Strengthening Partnerships for Farming's Future
AFTERNOON:  Public Forum