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The world's food system has so far weathered the challenge of covid-19, with the global health crisis yet to precipitate a global food one. But things could go awry. The system's complex architecture means it has many potential bottlenecks.

Meanwhile, besides supply chain disruptions, the economic fallout from covid-19 will also see the number of people suffering from acute hunger and malnutrition rise significantly, creating challenges for not just emerging markets in Asia but the poorer citizens of developed Asia too.

Under today's circumstances even quite small dislocations in the food system could, by increasing prices further, lead to great suffering.

What are the risks and implications for South-east Asia's sustainable growth if its food supply chains face dislocations and shortages? How will vulnerabilities in South-east Asia's food systems at the local, national and regional level constrain productive capacities and human capital development?

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8:30 AM - 8:40 AM
8:40 AM - 9:15 AM
9:15 AM - 9:50 AM
9:50 AM - 10 AM


  • Adrien Beauvisage (President, South-east Asia and Pacific at Buhler Asia Pte Ltd)

    Adrien Beauvisage

    President, South-east Asia and Pacific at Buhler Asia Pte Ltd

  • Cherrie Atilano (President and Founding Farmer at AGREA)

    Cherrie Atilano

    President and Founding Farmer at AGREA

  • Rob Hulme (Director, Asia of Beanstalk AgTech)

    Rob Hulme

    Director, Asia of Beanstalk AgTech

  • Dr Todd Sanderson (Associate Research Program Manager, Economics and Policy at Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research)

    Dr Todd Sanderson

    Associate Research Program Manager, Economics and Policy at Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research

  • Pamela Qiu (Director, South-east Asia of Economist Corporate Network)

    Pamela Qiu

    Director, South-east Asia of Economist Corporate Network

    Pamela Qiu is the Network Director of the South-east Asia chapter of The Economist Corporate Network. She advises multinational corporations on the latest economic, political and market developments affecting business in the Asia Pacific region. She regularly chairs Economist events and roundtables, and delivers custom briefings to senior business executives. She joined The Economist in June 2011.

    Prior to joining The Economist Group, Pamela worked as a policy analyst and associate at the Singapore Ministry of Finance, where she worked on policies to tackle socio-economic problems such as inequality and unemployment. She also worked on policies that were featured in the Singapore Budget. From 2009 to 2011, she was a researcher for the Center for Public Economics at the Civil Service College, the Singapore government’s core institution for public policy and economics research. Her research areas included the role of government in markets, public private partnerships, privatisation, fiscal policy, and behavioural economics. From 2004 to 2006, Pamela also worked as a market analyst with Prudential Health Insurance, based in London.

    Pamela holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in development studies, both from the London School of Economics.

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