About the Conference

2017 will be a decisive year for global agriculture and trade. Recent political changes will have a profound impact on the way we produce and distribute food. In this, Asia will play a critical and leading role as it has more than half of the world’s population, besides being a region of fast growing economies, environmental challenges and increasing political power. At this year’s conference in Singapore, the World Agricultural Forum (WAF) will provide new insights on how governments, the private sector and non-governmental organisations are preparing for the future of agriculture and trade in Asia.

To be co-hosted by the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University, on 6-7 July, the conference will serve as a global platform to encourage dialogue among those who can and will create an impact. It will brainstorm the following themes: 1) Agriculture and Food Trade in the New World Order; 2) Imperatives for Securing the Food Production Base; 3) Technologies to Promote Sustainable Farming and Food Security; and 4) Good Governance, Partnerships and Agricultural Productivity. It will also seek to provide recommendations for policymakers and investors and to conclude with a Summary of Conference Proceedings and a WAF Chairman’s Statement.

Political and business leaders around the world will benefit from this event as the World Agricultural Forum is a unique platform where new thinking and networking converge.


The conference seeks to bring together individuals from businesses, governments, international organisations and the academia, for a high-level discourse to:

  • Understand the changing world order affecting agriculture and food trade;
  • Identify critical technology for sustainable farming and agriculture, and their enablers;
  • Take away actionable ideas for investment opportunities as well as enhance policy-making to strengthen and secure food production; and
  • Learn about opportunities for cross-sectoral cooperation and multi-stakeholder partnerships.

Programme Outline

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Youth Engagement


Panel Themes

  • Agriculture and Food Trade in the New World Order
  • Imperatives for Securing the Food Production Base


Gala Dinner

Friday, 7 July 2017

Panel Themes

  • Technologies to Promote Sustainable Farming and Food Security
  • Good Governance, Partnerships and Agricultural Productivity


Click here to download full programme agenda.

Conference Highlights

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Conference Venue

Stamford Ballroom
Raffles City Convention Centre

Raffles City Shopping Centre, Level 4
2, Stamford Road, Singapore 178882
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For enquiries, please contact: [email protected].