Representatives from Saskatchewan’s agri-food industry will be traveling to Singapore in October as part of a delegation on a mission to share how the province can contribute to the rapid expansion of Asia’s food and agriculture sector. 
 
Singapore International Agri-food Week will take place October 24-28, 2022. It is a great opportunity for Saskatchewan based food and ingredient companies, economic development organizations, industry associations, and research institutions looking to develop connections in Asia.
 
“With a population of 4.7 billion people – about 60 per cent of the global population – and a rising middle class, Asia will drive global protein growth for decades to come,” said Greg Eidsness, the managing director of the Saskatchewan Singapore Office. “This represents an amazing opportunity for our provincial producers as Singapore is the region’s leader in the plant-based protein segment, where Saskatchewan is a globally competitive supplier.”
 
The Saskatchewan Singapore Office is hosting the delegation to highlight Saskatchewan’s agriculture and agri-food industry to potential buyers, investors, distributors, and partners in Asia and around the world. The office, along with the Saskatchewan Office in Vietnam, acts as a central hub for Saskatchewan’s engagement in the ASEAN Region (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam). 
 
“The program provides an opportunity for Saskatchewan companies and other organizations, to connect with the region’s leading agrifood firms, as well as governments, universities, and other ecosystem partners. The Singapore Office is working with Saskatchewan organizations to identify potential customers or partners and facilitate meetings during the program,” added Eidsness.
 
During those five days, delegates from Saskatchewan can take in three key events – the Asia Pacific Agri-Food Innovation Summit, Agri-Food Tech Expo Asia and Global Agri-food Scientific Symposium. 
 
These events will follow two days of activities and planned meetings with the Saskatchewan Singapore Office. The first day will include a market briefing for the Saskatchewan delegation as well as “one-on-one” consultations with the Saskatchewan Singapore Office and Trade Commissioners. The second day will be filled with site visits to Singapore agri-food partners.
 
Following that will be the Asia Pacific Agri-Food Innovation Summit. A limited number of complimentary and discounted passes are available to Saskatchewan delegates taking in this three-day summit. 
 
Saskatchewan is the country partner at this year’s summit, which will include discussions on building resilient supply chains, scaling alternative protein production, enhancing nutrition, empowering farmers, and optimising controlled environment agriculture and aquaculture. 
 
The Agri-Food Tech Expo Asia is where Saskatchewan delegates will join over 6,000 industry professionals, showcasing the ‘Farm to Fork’ value chain, which includes novel food technologies, urban and smart farming, aquaculture, food safety and security along with sustainability and resource management. During the expo, delegates can network to discover opportunities and begin developing partnerships. 
 
Saskatchewan has secured space within the High Commission of Canada Pavilion for attendees.
 
The Global Agri-food Scientific Symposium is taking place in Singapore that week. The Singapore Food Agency has organized this event to showcase cutting-edge research innovations for urban cities as well as to establish a platform for local and international Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs) and Research Institutes (RIs) to collaborate and share knowledge in order to foster R&D partnerships, develop innovation capabilities, and build transformational market solutions.
 
It makes sense to Eidsness that Saskatchewan’s agri-food industry could find value in travelling to Singapore for this opportunity. 
 
“For Saskatchewan companies, the region provides huge opportunities to serve as an ingredient supplier for alternative protein products, as well as an innovation and commercialization partner for Asian companies developing new products and expanding to North America,” he said.
 
Through this mission, the Singapore Office is promoting Saskatchewan as a destination for value-added agriculture investment as well as to promote opportunities for Saskatchewan and Asia-based partnerships to conduct research and build industry connections. The trip offers Saskatchewan organizations value through site visits, company matchmaking, information sessions and networking opportunities.
 
Organizations in Saskatchewan interested in joining the delegation should express their interest of participation to the Saskatchewan Singapore Office as soon as possible, as all participation must be confirmed by September 30, 2022. 
 
For more information or to express interest in your company participating in this exciting opportunity, email the Saskatchewan Singapore Office at singapore@gov.sk.ca