A Small Glimpse of Urban Farming Technology in Singapore

Done by Jeremy Solomon, uni: js5636

  1. Between the population exponentially increasing and the effects of climate change that are becoming increasingly evident, the issue of food insecurity is one that must be considered. These issues are exacerbated in urban areas because of the large population density and the lack of land for farming. I believe these issues can touch all of the categories of sustainability that we were given to choose from: Energy, Water, Waste, Civic Engagement, Safety and Health. However, I would consider the core category(ies) to be safety and health, and possibly waste.


  • The article briefly acknowleges that Singapore is a land scarce city as well as the effects of climate change as the main reasons that urban farming innovation is a necessity.
  • The first innovation that is happening in Singapore is from Insectta. which is an urban farm that focuses on breeding black soldier fries for the purpose of ultimately turning food waste into biomaterial for uses in various industries. One single kilo of fly larvae can consume four kg of waste in 24 hours. The biomaterial is then somehow extracted from the larvae (the article does not go into process details) and used to produce components for electronics, pharmaceuticals, and cosmetics.
  • Another technology that is discussed includes an Eco-Ark. This is a fish farm that is almost the size of two basketball courts that floats on the eastern side of Singapore. It uses treated seawater that is engineered to farm fish effectively and “safely”. It has solar panels on the roof that supply the farm with about 20% of its necessary electricity (not great…). There are also a number of additional safety measures taken, including producing their own oxygen, treating any water before it is deposited into the sea, and a “post-harvest” process that somehow improves the mortality of the farmed fish.
  • There has been about $45.2 million USD of Singaporean Government investment into farming technology, as well as $23 million Singapore dollars from the Sustainable Urban Food Production grant to pay for some R & D efforts.

Article Title: Singapore’s urban farmers seek high-tech solutions to turn waste into resources

Website Name: CNBC

Website Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/05/11/singapores-urban-farmers-seek-high-tech-solutions-to-turn-waste-into-resources.html

3. Stakeholders include:

  • City Residents
  • Trade Allies
  • Farmers

4. The first step in deploying a sustainable farming operation is to secure the necessary funding to complete the project. This can be from sources such as fedoral or local grants, but they can also come from private investment, or a public private partnership.

The second step would be sourcing personnel that is capable of building and maintaining such an operation. I.e. find some people smarter than you! You can’t do it all yourself!

Next, would be to secure a location to build. This would be very dependant on the amount of funding secured in step one! This would consist of searching, touring, negotiating, planning, etc.


2 thoughts on “A Small Glimpse of Urban Farming Technology in Singapore

  1. #nls2174
    Great find Jeremy! I also liked that the article acknowledged that urban farms, while they have significant environmental benefits, are not usually known to be very energy-efficient. The article notes that Singapore has set aside 60 million Singapore dollars to encourage farmers to use technology. This shows that you cannot use a technology easily just because it exists–you need financial assistance and pressure on stakeholders in order to implement it on a wide scale and produce measurable results.

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  2. It was great to see that a fund was specifically set up for farmers to better apply technology solutions to local food production. Following the $60M, technology in general has helped Eco-Art (floating fish farm) produce 20 times more fish than coastal fish farms… which ultimately leads to a resilient, local supply chain. This aligns to Singapore’s broader goal to “produce 30% of its nutritional needs through locally farmed food by 2030.”

    Source: https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/budget-2021-new-60m-agri-food-cluster-transformation-fund-to-boost-local-production

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