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Thought for Food Summit 2020

Advancing Agriculture and Food Technology

Agriculture plays a crucial role in the economy of developing countries, and provides the main source of food, income and employment to their populations. According to the World Bank, worldwide agricultural development is one of the most powerful tools to end extreme poverty, boost shared prosperity and feed a projected 9.7 billion people by 2050. Growth in the agriculture sector is two to four times more effective in raising incomes among the poorest compared to other sectors. However, agriculture-driven growth, poverty reduction, and food security are currently at risk. Climate change could cut crop yields, especially in the world’s most food-insecure regions. Risks associated with poor diets are also the leading cause of death worldwide. Millions of people around the world are either not eating enough or eating the wrong types of food, resulting in a double burden of malnutrition that can lead to illnesses and health crises. Improvements in agriculture and food technology are fundamental to achieving food security, poverty alleviation and overall sustainable development. 

Assuming a constant fertility rate, the world’s population is projected to increase by 47% from 7.4 billion in 2015 to 10.9 billion in 2050. Based on OECD’s projection, the world’s agricultural land would decrease from 5.3 billion hectare to 5.1 billion hectares during the same period. Deforestation through land clearing for agricultural land as well as soil and water pollution exacerbate climate change. Disasters associated with climate change, which are often unpredictable, in turn, disrupt food production and destabilise food supply. Extreme hunger and malnutrition remain a barrier to sustainable development and creates a trap from which people cannot easily escape. Hunger and malnutrition mean less productive individuals, who are more prone to disease and thus often unable to earn more and improve their livelihoods. In Malaysia, 20.7% of children are stunted due to malnutrition. There is a serious need for rigorous development for agriculture technology (agritech) and food technology (foodtech). 

Therefore, this Summit will bring together purpose-driven entrepreneurs, corporate leaders, investors, policymakers, and creative thinkers for an unconventional program that ignites bold visions, action-oriented conversations, and authentic global connections focused on transforming the future. 

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  • Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa, Persiaran Lagoon, Bandar Sunway, 47500 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Bandar Sunway 47500 Petaling Jaya Malaysia

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