Can we imagine a life where accessibility to necessary food products gets hindered? No, we can’t. In this era where we relish, innovate, and celebrate food, we undeniably forget to ensure food security. Negligence in emphasizing food security have enabled poverty, hunger, and malnutrition to torment people in some countries.
To not encourage the emergence of such issues in the future, Singapore aims to create a revolution in farming and food production thereby ensuring food security. Being a relatively small Southeast Asian city-state where a revolution in farming is not at all possible, Singapore wants to progressively cater to the increasing needs of food of its 5.6 million people. Singapore produces around 10% of its food and it wants to increase its production to 30% by 2030 as a result of climate change and population growth interrupting global food supplies. This target is to be achieved under a plan called “30-by-30”.
To elevate food production by overcoming the less space availability (1% of 724 sq. km total land area), farmers in Singapore gladly welcome new agricultural methodologies. Aeroponics and hydroponics are some of the different agricultural practices that allow farmers to grow more with less land area available. With tiered fish farms, sky farms, lab-grown shrimps, vegetable plots atop office buildings, and many more agricultural innovations, Singapore is striving to reduce its reliance on global imports.
The strategies of Singapore to safeguard food security are highly substantial and sustainable. Other small nations could also begin to implement these agricultural techniques to boost up their food production. Where there is innovation, brilliance, and responsibility, there is a revolution.
“Whenever I talk about food security in Singapore, I tell folks don’t think land — think space. Because you can go upwards and sideways”- Paul Teng (professor at Nanyang Technological University)