Local Solutions Are Essential to Help Farmers Adapt to Changing Climates

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs “Food for Thought” blog features a post from Paul Schickler, DuPont Pioneer president. Schickler is participating in the Council’s 2014 Symposium, Advancing Global Food Security in the Face of Weather Volatility and Climate Change taking place in Washington, DC, today.

From the post:

Farmers understand better than most the impact of climate change on food security. To truly tackle this complex challenge, we must continue to provide innovation at the local level. The impact of bringing high-quality hybrids and no-till equipment to smallholder farmers will be incredible and immediate. Recently, I spoke with smallholders in Africa and China as well as top U.S. producers. While they have very different operations, each wants to increase productivity and resiliency of each hectare.

 

At DuPont, we believe science can unlock innovation to bring local solutions to a global challenge. That’s why we are investing in research at the local level, like our recent research hub and insectary in Delmas, South Africa, which will bring new tools to combat local pests and harsh weather. Comprised of a network of research facilities and testing locations around the continent, local researchers and agronomists will work to bring local innovation to farmers faster.

Global leaders have gathered at the Symposium to chart a course for how the US government—in partnership with business, civil society, and international organizations—can advance global food security in the face of weather volatility and climate change.

Read the full post on the Chicago Council’s blog, Global Food for Thought.

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