DuPont Chair & CEO: Meeting World Food Needs Requires Science and Collaboration

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Increasing agricultural productivity, improving food quality and achieving long-term food security will require science and collaboration to address dramatic global population challenges, DuPont Chair and CEO Ellen Kullman told members of the Chief Executives’ Club of Boston.

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DuPont Chair and CEO Ellen Kullman

Inclusive innovative science that involves farmers, governments, universities, NGOs and customers can meet the world’s demand for food and do it while improving consumer benefits and increasing sustainability.

Increasing agricultural productivity, improving food quality and achieving long-term food security will require science and collaboration to address dramatic global population challenges, DuPont Chair and CEO Ellen Kullman told members of the Chief Executives’ Club of Boston.

Kullman noted that the challenge for global food production is to feed the world’s growing population currently standing at nearly 7 billion and expected to rise to 9 billion by 2050, as the world’s supply of arable land per person is decreasing.

Kullman said that the scale and the scope of the food production challenge can only be tackled through science and collaboration.

“Successful collaboration means developing advanced seed technologies that meet specific local needs, crop protection products to help guard crop yield and quality, innovative packaging that protects food quality and testing systems to ensure food safety and good agricultural practices that improve the knowledge and skills of farmers in developing countries,” Kullman said.

As an example, Kullman pointed to the Africa Biofortified Sorghum (ABS) project; an African-led public-private partnership focused on improving the nutrition and digestibility of sorghum that is a staple for more than 300 million people in Africa. The ABS project is using science and technology to enhance sorghum’s nutritional content, particularly in terms of protein digestibility, iron and zinc availability and vitamin A. The lead organization has been Africa Harvest, a Kenya-based non-profit, and DuPont business Pioneer Hi-Bred is a primary technology provider.

“Inclusive innovative science that involves farmers, governments, universities, NGOs and customers can meet the world’s demand for food and do it while improving consumer benefits and increasing sustainability,” said Kullman. “We have a tremendous opportunity to address global food challenges by increasing the productivity of the world’s farmers, expanding the availability of nutritious food, delivering cutting-edge crop protection products that are more sustainable and empowering farmers around the world to improve their families’ standards of living.”

DuPont (http://www.dupont.com) is a science-based products and services company. Founded in 1802, DuPont puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere. Operating in more than 90 countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture and food; building and construction; communications; and transportation.

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