Southeast Asia’s sustainable growth is in balance

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An event organized by SAP brings together business leaders from the region’s food ecosystem. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

The rapid population growth of SOUTH-EAST Asia and increasing demand for food, coupled with increasing adverse weather conditions and supply chain disruptions, have highlighted future challenges for the food security in the region which could hamper the development of its sustainable growth ambitions.

This was revealed at a recent event, hosted by SAP, titled “Growing Asean, Hungry People: Building Resilient and Sustainable Food Supply Chains”. It brought together business leaders from the region’s food ecosystem, spanning agriculture, manufacturing, distribution and logistics. It included Dole Asia Holdings, a global leader and innovator in the production and marketing of high quality packaged fruit and healthy snacks, and the Loc Troi Group, a leading manufacturer and supplier of agricultural products and services. with lasting value. chain of research, production and sale of seed products and plant protection drugs to bio-organic products, rice and coffee.

According to previous estimates from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, about one-third of all food produced, or 1.3 billion tonnes, was lost or wasted each year, which also contributed to 8 to 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

Experts and industry players cited opportunities for Southeast Asia, among the most productive agricultural regions in the world, especially by investing in running high-tech agribusiness companies. , improving cross-sectoral collaborations, digitizing and strengthening the resilience of food supply chains and other activities. all along the value chain to strengthen the region’s food future.

Agriculture and food have been the main engines of Southeast Asia’s economy and gross domestic product, forming a substantial proportion of the region’s workforce.

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