• Thu. Oct 22nd, 2020

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Announcing The Winner Of The USD100K Future Food Asia Award

The
Future Food Asia conference was hosted on September 21-25,
both virtually and in physical satellite venues across the
world, hosted by our partners such as HaoShi Foundation
(Taipei, Taiwan) and Thai Wah (Bangkok, Thailand). Through
this Collective Edition, the conference provided a platform
for the much-needed dialogue on the pressing challenges and
innovative solutions to add resilience to our agri-food
value chain.

For the past four years the Future Food
Asia Award has recognized and rewarded entrepreneurs from
Asia Pacific who are building disruptive and sustainable
innovations to tackle the inefficiencies and scarcities in
our agri-food value chain. This year, nearly two hundred
contenders from 18 different countries from Asia Pacific
applied to the Future Food Asia Award. 

The 11
shortlisted start-up finalists pitched their innovations to
a live global audience of 600+ industry leaders, investors
and experts. The jury named FluroSat from Australia as the
winner. FluroSat is a full crop cycle analytics provider
that delivers proactive reports and alerts on all aspects of
crop performance and health. Its analytics engine,
FluroSenseTM monitors over 7 million acres of arable land
supporting leading agribusinesses in delivering precision
agriculture programs and decision support to their
growers.

“FluroSat is very excited to be selected as
a winner of the FFAA prize, and establish this important
partnership to support our global expansion and bring the
climate-smart agriculture decision support tools to farmers
and agronomists all over the world!”, said Dr Anastasia
Volkova, CEO and Founder, FluroSat.

The selection of
the winner for the Future Food Asia Award was carried out by
the jury that consisted of: Gérard Jacquin, former Director
of Partnerships, Transfer and Innovation at INRA, Europe’s
leading agricultural research institute; Dr. Ralph Graichen,
Senior Director of Food & Consumer Cluster at A*STAR’s
Biomedical Research Council; and Peter Huang, President of
Greater China at Corteva Agriscience; and Isabelle Decitre,
CEO & Co-founder of ID
Capital.

“Data has the transformative
power of making agriculture more sustainable, but Big Data
without proper consolidation quickly becomes overwhelming
for farmers. This is where FluroSat makes the difference,
combining insights from proven science and high level of
integration and automation of workflows. Their phenomenal
commercial traction speaks volumes on the need for such a
solution.”, said Isabelle
Decitre.

Championing the burgeoning
sector of plant-based proteins, Bühler and Givaudan, also
hosts of FFA2020’s exclusive Plant Protein Masterclass,
jointly selected two start-ups – DAIZ (Japan) and Let’s
Plant Meat (Thailand) – as the winners of the Plant
Protein Award. The winners were selected on the basis of
various criteria, including their degree of innovation,
Asian relevance and commercial potential in the
region.

“We congratulate both teams at DAIZ and Let’s
Plant Meat for earning the Plant Protein Awards of this
Future Food Asia edition. Both companies are paving the way
to exciting protein options “made-in-Asia” with a focus on
Asian consumers and cuisines. The two approaches are hinting
at the fact that the future of plant-based protein will be
diverse: consumers will be able to pick products on criteria
as diverse as ingredients, nutrition profiles or cooking
applications. More importantly, the two winners prove that
Asia, a long-time protein importer, will take a central role
in scaling the plant-based meat revolution” comments
Dominique Kull, Head of Technology at Bühler.

Alex
Ward, Head of Regional Innovation, APAC, Taste and Wellbeing
added: “We are very impressed with all the start-ups we
spoke to. They demonstrated innovation, passion and
dedication in bringing to market solutions that address our
global food challenges. The winners of the Plant Protein
Award; DIAZ and Let’s Plant Meat were especially
insightful in their product design and commercialisation
plans for Asia. We remain committed to work with start-ups
in the Plant Protein space and further develop our
capabilities to do good for the food industry in
Asia.”

For Corteva Agriscience, accelerating food
resilience remains a priority in the region. At the Future
Food Asia 2020, the company awarded its Prize for Food
Resilience to Crowde from Indonesia, an agri-focused fintech
company which was also a finalist for the Future Food Asia
Award competition.

Peter Ford, President of Asia
Pacific, Corteva Agriscience said: “The Crowde team stood
out as one that is most closely aligned to Corteva’s
purpose of enriching smallholder farmers and workers along
the food and agriculture ecosystem to achieve food security
and resilience through technology innovation. Through close
collaboration with a dedicated Corteva Agriscience Advisory
Board, we look forward to supporting Crowde in accelerating
its development, to support smallholder farmers during and
after the pandemic.”

Future Food Asia 2020 has been
made possible by continued support from our partners: Agency
for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore’s
lead public research agency, Corteva AgriscienceTM, a global
pure-play agriculture company that provides farmers around
the world with the most complete portfolio in the industry,
Bühler Group, the leading global technology supplier to the
food processing and advanced material manufacturing
industry, Givaudan, the leading global flavours company,
Dole Asia Holdings Pte Ltd., one of the world’s largest
producers and marketers of high-quality packaged and fresh
fruit, ADB Ventures, an Asian Development Bank (ADB) program
supporting entrepreneurs to scale technology companies for
sustainable impact in Asia and the Pacific, and The
Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), the lead
government agency responsible for strategies that enhance
Singapore’s position as a global centre for business,
innovation and talent.

More details are available at
https://futurefoodasia.com/ffa2020/

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