Driving Agri-Food

Singapore Agri-Food
Innovation Lab

The Singapore Agri-Food Innovation Lab (SAIL) is a national platform operated by Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore), in partnership with Enterprise Singapore, which seeds partnerships between SAIL’s corporate partners, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), startups, research institutes, and institutes of higher learning (IHLs) to drive agri-food innovations.


Singapore’s market share in global agri-commodities trade



Most innovative nation in the world

Global Innovation Index 2023

What We Do

SAIL supports its Corporate Partners across a range of business matching and co-innovation activities – working with them to establish their Challenge Statements on agri-food innovation, identifying partnership opportunities to find solutions, and organising knowledge-sharing sessions to match demand drivers and solution providers.

We facilitate agri-food innovation across
four focus areas


To ensure business sustainability and enhance food security

  • Supply chain traceability and
  • Low carbon agri-food production
  • Upcycling of food processing waste

Automation and Digitalisation

To improve crop yield and food quality, climate resilience, pest

  • Data driven, automated, and closed loop agriculture
  • AI, IoT in precision
  • Remote sensing tools, spatial analysis and modelling


To optimize business practices and drive profitability
  • Crop nutrition
  • Disease management
  • Population genomics of crops
  • Plant cell biology for crop enhancement

Downstream R&D

To create a circular economy for agri-food
  • Innovative food extraction
  • Alternative food sources
  • Risk assessment and food safety

Who We Work With

We work and engage with a diverse range of agri-food ecosystem players in Singapore and the Asia-Pacific region to identify and drive impactful solutions to some of the most pressing business and sustainability-related challenges faced by our Corporate Partners.

Startups and SMEs

As potential solution providers for our Corporate Partners’ Challenge Statements

Incubators & Accelerators

To build networks of agri-food tech startups as potential solution providers

Research Institutes & Institutes of Higher Learning(IHLs)

To scout for cutting-edge agri-food research which could be translated into applied and commercial solutions

Financial & Institutions

To leverage sustainable finance for driving sustainability across agri-food supply chains

Government Agencies

To identify and create opportunities to scale and internationalise high-impact agri-food innovations

International Organisations and NGOs

To influence and shape regional and global policies, frameworks, and regulations that govern agri-food innovation

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Minister’s Remarks

Mr Gan Kim Yong, Minister for Trade and Industry

Photo by WIPO / CC BY 4.0

The launch of SAIL today represents the Government’s commitment to support the growth of our vibrant agri-food industry ecosystem. I am confident that this tripartite partnership among the academia, private and public sector will sharpen Singapore’s competitive edge and enhance our position as the preferred trading and agri-food innovation hub.

Minister Gan Kim Yong

at the launch of SAIL, 24 November 2023

Our Partners