FAO Chief Scientist announced as Guest of Honour for Future Food Asia 2023

By Gary Scattergood

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Dr Ismahane Elouafi.  © FAO
Dr Ismahane Elouafi. © FAO

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The Chief Scientist at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Dr Ismahane Elouafi, will be the Guest of Honour at the seventh edition of the Future Food Asia conference (FFA), where FoodNavigator-Asia is the Media Partner.

Organised by ID Capital, FFA takes place in Singapore in May and is a catalyst for collaboration among entrepreneurs in the agrifood sector.

In the position of Chief Scientist, Dr Elouafi is tasked with bringing science and innovation into all the programmess and decisions of the FAO.

Recognised as one of the most influential women in science, Dr Elouafi is striving to help tackle some of the world’s most pressing environmental and human problems.

“One of the main challenges countries face in leveraging innovations for sustainable agrifood systems is responding to the diverse needs and ecological contexts of the hundreds of millions of the world’s small-scale producers,” ​she said.

“Encouraging their active participation and taking an adaptive approach to innovation is therefore a necessary condition for responding effectively to local contexts and, ultimately, for the transformation of agrifood systems.” 

Isabelle Decitre, Founder & CEO of ID Capital, added: "We could not be happier to have Dr Elouafi join us. A testament to the importance of robust science-based evidence, that echoes our long-term collaboration with the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore's lead public sector R&D agency spearheading economic-oriented research to advance scientific discovery and develop innovative technology, joining again the next edition of FFA as a partner. This is a fantastic endorsement to support the ambition of Future Food Asia to convene the global community for constructive dialogue, exchange of knowledge and consensus building.”

FFA will also be innovating the conference style and for the first time convene Chief Technology Officers, Chief Sustainability Officers and Investors for exclusive roundtables to identify and accelerate innovations and business models that are most critical to Asia-Pacific, to build a more sustainable and inclusive food future.

This new conference format, along with the well-established FFA Award of US$ 100,000, will combine the vision of leaders in the industry and investors with the energy of start-ups and entrepreneurs. More details will be communicated on the Award as applications open in January 2023. 

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