ILSI ASIA COVID-19 Webinar Series: Part 1 – Food System Resilience – Global and Asian Perspectives

Food System Resilience - Global and Asian Perspectives
Singapore, Singapore
9:30 am – 11:15 am

Webinar series (May 26) - Hero Website (without reg)


COVID-19 has through its unrelenting spread over the past months, affected millions around the world. Besides unprecedented governments measures through social and public health systems to contain the extensive illness and death tragedies, we are seeing damages to vast sectors of industries that are pillars to trade and economy of most countries, such as food and supply chains, jobs, commerce, education, tourism and etc.

This webinar is one of a series organized by the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) and its entities in Asia to share pertinent aspects and insights in science, food resilience, health research, and measures, as well as technological developments that can be harnessed to mitigate and address the longer-term impact of COVID-19.

Three eminent experts with global experience will kick start the 1st of the regional series organized by ILSI Asia on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. The experts will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the short term food supply chain, and longer-term consequences to the fundamentals of our food systems, and identify where the strengths and weaknesses are in our food security preparedness, as well as future investments needed. The collaborative role and efforts of public policy and private agri-food and food & beverage processors at global, national, and community levels will be crucial to prevent a food crisis that may threaten the nutrition security of Asia, especially among the vulnerable populations. Which industry will face the biggest challenges and how will the structural change in the agro-food sector be driven? Will the changes in consumer consumption and purchasing behavior brought on by this pandemic become the new normal? How will Asia, with some parts of the continent already challenged to feed themselves, address the supply chain issues? Where will innovations and investments be needed? We welcome you to JOIN the DISCUSSION!


The webinar recording is available for viewing HERE.


Introduction to ILSI
- Mrs. Boon Yee Yeong, Executive Director, ILSI SEA Region, Singapore

Presentation 1:
Impact of COVID-19 on Global Food Supply Chain - Current Status, Implication, and Outlook into the Future

- Prof. Dr. Shenggen Fan, Chair Professor, China Agricultural University, China (Former Director-General of International Food Policy Research Institute, USA)

Presentation 2:
Sustaining ASEAN Food Supply and Food System Resilience - Challenges and Opportunities (2020-2025)
- Prof. Dr. Paul Teng, Dean & Managing Director, National Institute of Education International/ Nanyang Technological  University, Singapore

Presentation 3:
The Post-COVID New Normal Environment, Possible Asia F&A Landscape and Industry Changes
- Mr. Ping Chew
, Head of Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory, Rabobank Asia Pacific, Singapore

Panel Discussion- Moderator: Mr. Geoffry Smith, President, ILSI SEA Region, Singapore.

Meet the Speakers

Prof. Dr. Shenggen Fan, China Agricultural University, China

Prof. Dr. Paul Teng, NIEI/NTU, Singapore

Mr. Ping Chew,
Rabobank Asia Pacific, Singapore

Mr. Geoffry Smith,
ILSI SEA Region, Singapore



The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the food system has exposed the vulnerabilities of the supply chain, although the extent of disruption varies widely, globally and in Asia. However, food systems in Asia have been proven relatively resilient when compared with other regions. This paper considers the immediate effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the food system, particularly in Asia, and initial responses of governments and global agencies to manage the crisis. A major focus of the paper is on the outlook for food system resilience in a post-COVID-19 environment and likely long-term effects of the pandemic. There is always a possibility of such shock events occurring in the future, hence it seems prudent to look at lessons that may be learned from the responses to the current pandemic.

Fan, S., Teng, P., Chew., P., Smith, G. & Copeland, L. 2021. Food System Resilience and COVID-19 - Lessons from the Asian Experience. Global Food Security 28, 100501