DuPont Executive Said Collaboration Key to Addressing Indonesian Food Challenge

Adam Shaw, Presenter of Horizons on BBC World News, Chairs a Panel on Bridging the Nutrition Gap in Indonesia

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This is a critical time for Indonesia to make the choices that will ensure its people have enough nutritious food to eat. Only by working together will we succeed in addressing the critical task of feeding our planet, adequately and sustainably.

Jakarta, Indonesia (PRWEB) October 01, 2012

DuPont Executive Vice President James C. Borel today said that identifying local science-based, sustainable solutions is key to meeting the challenge of feeding Indonesia and the world. Borel participated in a panel discussion focused on global nutrition challenges. BBC World News Presenter Adam Shaw moderated the event.

Government officials, business and thought leaders discussed how to collaborate to address the challenge of feeding Indonesia. They lent their unique perspectives to meet the demand for affordable, safe, nutritious and healthy food in Indonesia.

“This is a critical time for Indonesia to make the choices that will ensure its people have enough nutritious food to eat,” said Brian Jones, Asia Pacific leader for DuPont Nutrition & Health. “Only by working together will we succeed in addressing the critical task of feeding our planet, adequately and sustainably.”

Indonesia has succeeded in reducing poverty but the country still faces enormous challenges. Around 120 million Indonesians live on less than 20,000 rupiah or US$2 a day. And though the bulk of this money is spent on food, over one third of Indonesian children face the harsh reality of inadequate nutrition.

"At DuPont, we believe that there is a science to feeding the growing population,” said Borel. “While science is global – solutions must be local. The chances of achieving that goal are increased dramatically by creating science-based innovations that target specific local challenges, collaborating with others on solutions and bringing know-how to the people and places that need it most.”

To address the global food security challenge, DuPont has committed to invest US$10 billion in research and development dedicated to the food, agriculture and nutrition sectors and advancing 4,000 new products by the end of 2020; supporting training and education opportunities for youth around the world, and working with farmers to improve the livelihoods of families in rural communities.

DuPont looks to help farmers revolutionize agricultural productivity and enable scientific innovation to help food manufacturers create products that extend shelf life and preserve freshness. Scientific innovation also will help food manufacturers create products that meet local nutritional needs across the world. In countries where people’s diets are low in micronutrients, science can help big and small food manufacturers increase protein, vitamins, and probiotics consumption of food products and provide affordable solutions for better nutrition. Most importantly, these food security solutions must be sustainable.

“We cannot achieve food security absent genuine sustainability that encompasses how food is produced, how it gets to market and how it is served on our plates,” Borel added.

As a part of its commitment to food security, DuPont commissioned the development of a comprehensive measurement tool that addresses the need for specific metrics to illustrate what food security looks like country-by-country. The Global Food Security Index was created by the Economist Intelligence Unit and is a one-of-a-kind tool that will help all of us around the world measure and better understand the many aspects of what constitutes food security in 105 countries, including Indonesia. The Index looks at affordability, availability, nutritional quality and safety, and it will employ an adjustment factor for food price fluctuations to examine the risk countries face throughout the course of a given year. To learn more log onto foodsecurityindex.eiu.com.

“Our hope is that the Global Food Security Index will promote a common understanding and foster collaborations across the food value chain, generate insights and stimulate action to feed a growing population,” said Borel.

At the event tonight, DuPont also marked its sponsorship of the second season of the BBC World News program Horizons, presented by award-winning BBC business journalist and tonight’s moderator, Adam Shaw. This Horizons series continues with a journey across the globe in search of the ideas and businesses that may succeed over the next decade in tackling the planet’s biggest challenges. The new season of Horizons will air on BBC World News, in over 200 countries and territories around the world beginning on Oct. 6. For information on the program, visit http://www.horizonsbusiness.com, Facebook.com/horizonsTVseries and on Twitter at @horizonsbiz and @adamshaw_biz.

DuPont’s Global Collaboratory on Food Security featured a panel which included:

Dr. Bayu Krisnamurthi, vice minister of Trade, Republic of Indonesia
Dr. Minarto, director, Community Nutrition, Ministry of Health, Republic of Indonesia
Dr. Soekirman, president, Danone Institute of Nutrition Indonesia; professor emeritus in Nutrition, Human Ecology Faculty, IPB (Bogor Agricultural Institute)
Mr. Franciscus Welirang, director, PT Indofood Sukses Makmur
Mr. Adhi Siswaja Lukman, chairman, Indonesian Food and Beverage Association (GAPMMI)
Mr. Brian Jones, regional president, Asia Pacific, DuPont Nutrition & Health

DuPont (NYSE: DD) has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services since 1802. The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs, and thought leaders we can help find solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment. For additional information about DuPont and its commitment to inclusive innovation, please visit http://www.dupont.com.

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