Global Centre for Technology, Innovation
and Sustainable Development

Sustainable agriculture

The Future of Food and sustainable agriculture are top priorities for Singapore. In early 2019 Singapore unveiled its bold ‘30 by 30’ vision, a target for local producers to meet 30% of the nation’s nutritional needs by 2030. To achieve this ambitious goal, land-scarce Singapore will greatly accelerate research and development as well as investments into agritech, ranging from digital agriculture to plant proteins and cell-based meats. Already many of the world’s leading food and nutrition companies have their Asia-Pacific HQs in Singapore. The Government has made it clear it plans for Singapore to be a sustainable food hub.


The problem we are solving

The world is expected to feed approximately 9.8 billion people in 2050 and meeting that demand would require an increase in food production levels by about 70%. The effects of climate change puts a further strain on our ever-depleting natural resources, increasing the vulnerability of resource-dependent agricultural sector. Agriculture accounts for around 1/4 of global greenhouse gas emissions and 68% of global freshwater withdrawals and consumption. Despite the progress made by developing countries to increase food production and yields, meeting the 2030 agenda is daunting.

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 Even though the world has the ability to produce sufficient food to feed the planet, this might not be true in the future. The goal of sustainable agriculture is to meet society’s present food demands without compromising future generations’ ability to meet their own needs. 

Therefore, the sustainability of global food production will depend on changing behavior of production and consumption, and our ability to introduce new and innovative technologies that will boost production, but ensure sustainability of the food value chain.

Our key initatives


Our key initiative under Sustainable Agriculture and looking at its innovations and technologies is Cultiv@te, a global innovation initiative that aims to find technological and innovative solutions to solve challenges in agriculture for sustainability. Being a neutral convener with a wide network of country offices, we bring together a coalition of partners and stakeholders with a shared vision to find innovation for sustainable agriculture. This unique programme will combine globally-leading innovation with local knowledge, expertise and market insights through 13 client countries with UNDP’s presence. 

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Through a call for applications for startup and R&D teams with solutions that can solve any of the 13 challenge statements provided by beneficiary countries, we will select 26 startup and R&D teams to work with our country offices to understand the local agriculture context and connect with the local ecosystem to ideate, design and prototype solutions that are sustainable and have the potential to scale. 

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How you can partner


#1 Cultiv@te

For Cultiv@te, we are looking for corporates that share our mission to partner with us on funding, providing mentorship and potentially commercializing the solutions that come out of the initiative. While these are general modes of engagement, we are open to other ways to partner as well with any institutions or companies that want to be a part of this exciting journey. 

#2 Food Tech

While Cultiv@te is our flagship initiative, we also consider the importance of other parts of the agri-food value chain. Some topics in our consideration are food traceability (using blockchain technologies), food waste and loss, precision agriculture and market intelligence for agricultural markets, to name a few. We are always looking for partners who have interesting propositions within this work stream and who want to work with us to drive our mandate. 

#3 Outreach

We are always looking for partners who can support us and who we can support on any outreach initiatives on this key area of sustinable agriculture. We will be keen to collaborate on small as well as large scale events, collaborative content, research, dialogues, thought leadership conversations. If you are looking to bring in experts, we would love to hear from you and collaborate with you on the topics of Food Tech, Urban Farming, Sustainable Agriculture, Food Waste and Loss, Food Traceability, Feeding the World, and more.

Want to start a conversation?

If you have enquiries, comments and feedback on our focus areas or would like to partner with the Global Centre please get in touch.