Grounding Singapore’s Food Security & Food Resilience for the Future
At present, Singapore imports over 90 per cent of its food from close to 170 countries and regions. Yet, when pandemics and natural disasters threaten food supplies, food becomes more than just a logistical issue, it is a national security matter. News reports of COVID-19’s rise internationally last year led to small spurts of panic-buying and stockpiling in Singapore.
The lesson is clear: food security and food resilience are essential for the continued existence of Singapore and its people. Singapore’s food security strategy through self-reliance in food stockpiling and open trading lines with partners cannot be ignored.
Today, Singapore is tested to respond to COVID-19 and the evolving dynamics of world trade flows. To emerge stronger for the future, here are critical actions taken by Pacific Logistics Group.
Diversifying Our Sources
By seeking out new sources of food supplies, Singapore secures and ensures adequate and continuous essential food supplies and stockpiles during an emergency or pandemic. This is particularly crucial as Singapore continues to grow demographically as a nation-state and adapts to its geographical challenges. PLG will continue to explore more partnerships across its existing supply chain networks to seize untapped opportunities focusing on Asia and identify strategic partnerships to foster stronger relations with our regional and global partners. This will aid in the development of more resilient food supply lines for Singapore into the future.
Upgrading Storage Infrastructure and Services
Related, this also involves expanding and upgrading our food storage infrastructure and handling facilities to secure Singapore’s food security. As Singapore continues to work with business enterprises to minimise disruptions in existing supply chains and services, this journey of upgrading our services and facilities will enhance Singapore’s status as a major food distribution and storage hub in the region.
Technology continues to evolve, playing a substantial role in extending the shelf-life of food products through processing, packaging, and storage methods. Food manufacturers are exploring more environmentally friendly packaging with expanded product life cycles. It serves good business relations and creates greater food resilience by developing upgraded storage infrastructure and services that are in-line with the latest developments in food technologies.
Engaging PLG’s Network to Enable Greater Food Resilience
Last, PLG is leveraging its continued membership in international trade associations and network of stations across Southeast Asia to maintain trade flows of essential food supply lines and minimise disruptions to supply chains. This is particularly critical during a pandemic or emergency as Singapore continues to work with business enterprises to minimise disruptions in existing supply chains and services.
Interconnectivity and Leadership
Singapore’s storage facilities near the airport and seaports across the island to handle transit shipments more efficiently. This too helps PLG to connect with its network of stations across Southeast Asia and streamlines the trade flow for food products.
Singapore’s food security and food resilience for the future has to go beyond self-reliance. It too has to incorporate emerging developments such as sustainability. Be it supporting local Singapore food producers, sourcing for new connections to diversify Singapore’s food supply lines, PLG will continue to play its role in the business of logistics and supply chains.
For Chinese translation: Food Resilience translation