For the past decade, food insecurity has been a prominent discussion in Singapore as the small city-state seeks to ensure its food supply despite the lack of arable land (Only 1% of land available for food production) and its important reliance on food imports (90% of their food is imported). This situation was only exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent disruptions caused in the supply chains.
Nonetheless, for many years, the city-state has been proactively planning for long-term food security through the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) and developing the “three food baskets” strategy— diversifying food sources, growing locally, and growing overseas. The approach has led the city to adopt new technologies to compensate for the lack of land such as vertical farming and in general urban farming.
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