DuPont CEO Provides Point of View on Global Food Security at World Economic Forum
DuPont Chair and Chief Executive Officer Ellen Kullman participated in a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting on Thursday, Jan. 23, to discuss what environmental, societal and economic forces are reshaping the global context for food security.
The discussion focused on changing climate and weather patterns, addressing demands of an emerging global middle class and strengthening efficient agricultural value chains.
“Food security is a global challenge where DuPont is using its scientific capabilities to address. We have transformed our portfolio to put greater emphasis on delivering higher growth, higher value offerings for the agriculture and nutrition industries,” Kullman said. “DuPont has a unique vantage point on food security because we have innovations across the full value chain, allowing us to holistically address the challenge of feeding the growing global population. Improving agricultural productivity, providing food and nutrition solutions and finding ways to protect food and reduce waste are all part of our strategy.”
Kullman said the company’s strategy has enabled DuPont to focus on innovative technologies and collaborations to understand and adapt to changing growing conditions globally. There have been a variety of public/private partnerships that indicate willingness to collaborate across sectors for impact – including a growing collaboration between DuPont and USAID in Africa. This partnership aims to enhance incomes of more than 35,000 smallholder maize farmers and scale up network for seed distribution in three years.