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  A n island nation with few natural Speaking at the SFA launch, Masagos
resources, Singapore is dependent
on food imports for over 90 percent of its requirements. Despite the constraints, food has remained available and affordable, and has earned it the unlikely accolade of being ranked by the Economist Intelligence Unit in 2018 as the most food secure nation in the world.
As past achievements do not guarantee future success, a new food regulator was established on April 1, 2019 to address all food-related issues, from food production to food hygiene. The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) brings together the expertise of three agencies – Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) and National Environment Agency (NEA)’s capability in licensing, compliance management and investigation, and Health Sciences Authority (HSA)’s expertise in testing.
 Zulkifli, Minister for Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources (MEWR), noted, “The global agri-food landscape is changing rapidly. By 2050, global food demand will rise by 60 percent with growth in the global population. Vital resources, such as water and energy will be increasingly scarce. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimates widespread declines in crop yields of up to 25 percent by 2050 due to climate change. As we import over 90 percent of our food, Singapore’s food supply could be at risk.
“We also need to manage the risks from the growing complexities in global food supply chains. While the AVA together with other agencies have worked well together over the years to address food security and safety issues, we must ensure that our regime continues to stay well ahead of the curve.”

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