Fixing Asia's food system

September 05, 2018


September 05, 2018

Rashmi Dalai


Rashmi started her career on Wall Street with time spent in both convertible bonds sales and trading at Goldman Sachs and structured derivative products at Lehman Brothers. She left to form her own healthcare consulting practice, and spent over a decade advising a wide range of clients from large university hospitals to start-ups on business and financial strategies. Her role included taking interim COO and CFO positions for clients managing periods of high growth or other business transitions.

In 2007, she began splitting her time between the US and Asia (China, Indonesia, and Singapore) and expanded her consulting business to include advisory on business communications strategies and global thought leadership. Prior to joining The Economist Group, she was Head of Strategic Planning at Weber Shandwick, a global communications and PR firm, in Singapore.

Rashmi holds a Bachelors in International Affairs from Johns Hopkins University and a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University with a concentration in International Finance and Banking. 

What will Asian food systems look like in 2030? There is no simple answer to this question, because Asia encompasses a complex mix of countries, divided by borders, policies, cultures, uneven development and other socioeconomic differences. There is no single “Asian” food system, and Asia cannot be analysed as a single entity. 

Experts recognise that existing food systems will not remain stagnant as Asia urbanises and grows ever more populous. However, discussions around diet, food supply and food security often focus on Asia as a whole, rather than focusing on its different sub-regions and countries. This broad approach masks complex and often divergent policy and societal concerns, and it also risks strategic misalignment when preparing for the future. In light of this, how are companies and policymakers strategising for the future? How prepared are they to identify where divergence will remain, and where cities and countries will converge into similar food landscapes?

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