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WAF 2017 Conference
Singapore,  6 - 7 July, 2017
Raffles City Convention Centre
Speaker List (in order of appearance):
  • Dr Kenneth M Baker, Chairman, World Agricultural
  • Rt. Hon. James Bolger, Chairman, World Agricultural
    Forum Advisory Board and former prime Minister of
    New Zealand
  • Amb. Ong Keng Yong, Executive Deputy Chairman,
  • Mr Michael O'Sullivan, Chief Investment Officer,
    International Wealth Management, Credit Suisse
  • Dr Shenggen Fan, Director General, International Food
    Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
  • Ms Tan Poh Hong, CEO, Agri-Food & Veterinary
    Authority (AVA), Republic of Singapore
  • Mr Vangelis Vitalis, Deputy Secretary of Trade,
    Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT), New
    Zealand, and Former Chairman of WTO Agricultural
  • Mr Vijay Iyengar, Chairman and Managing Director,
    Agrocorp International Pte Ltd
  • Dr Mahfuzuddin Ahmed, Advisor, Sustainable
    Development and Climate Change Department, Asian
    Development Bank
  • Assoc. Prof. Mely Caballero-Anthony, Head, Centre for
    Non-Traditional Security (NTS) Studies, RSIS, NTU
  • Mr Jeffrey Khoo PT, Vice President and Senior
    Orginator, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions
  • Dr Kazuhito Yamashita, Research Director, Canon
    Institute for Global Studies
  • Mr Bruce Blakeman, Vice President, Corporate Affairs
    Asia Pacific, Cargill, and Chair of the US-ASEAN
    Business Council Food & Agriculture Committee
  • Dr RangsitPoosiripinyo, Deputy Secretary General,
    Office of Agricultural Economics (OAE), on behalf of
    the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives Thailand
  • Mr Bernd Naaf, Head of Business Affairs &
    Communications, Member of the Executive Committee,
    Bayer CropScience AG
  • Prof. Paul Teng, Adjunct Senior Fellow in Food
    Security, Centre for Non-Traditional Security (NTS)
    Studies, RSIS, NTU
  • Dr Ngiam Tong Tau, Chairman, Sky Urban Solutions
  • Dr Suthad Setboonsarng, Member, National Reform
    Council of Thailand
  • Dr Jürgen Oldeweme, Senior Vice President & Global
    Head Regulatory Affairs Crop Protection, BASF SE
  • Mr Michael Dean, Co-Founder and CIO, AgFunder
  • Dr David Bergvinson, Director General, ICRISAT (The
    International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-
    Arid Tropics)
  • Dr Jackie Hughes, Deputy Director General for
    Research, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)
  • Mr(Sri) T Vijay Kumar, IAS, Former Special Chief
    Secretary to Government & Advisor to Government of
    Andhra Pradesh
  • Mr Kenny Eng, President, Kranji Countryside
  • Mr Will Pritchard, Partner at A H Prichard & Son,
    Director at Natural Wagyu Ltd., and Trustee of the
    Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth
  • Mr Suriyan Vichitlekarn, Regional Project Director,
    Better Rice Initiative Asia, GIZ
  • Mr. Timothy Loh, Regional Director, U.S. Soybean
    Export Council Southeast Asia
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
One might rightly ask why the three topics of trade, food security and new
technology might be ‘challenges’ for agriculture and by extension food and
fibre production ......
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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.
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
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