Forum Convenes Experts to Discuss Seed Security for Food Security

Seed is a promise, seed is hope, and seed security is crucial to sustaining life within our ever-growing population. These messages and more were communicated by a roster of speakers and panelists at the first-ever Seed Security for Food Security Forum hosted by DuPont on Tuesday, Oct. 13.

The morning panel members at the Seed Security for Food Security Forum : Lucy Hurst, The Economist Intelligence Unit; Edward Mabaya, Associate Director at Cornell University; Kenneth Ayuko, Former Deputy Director for Policy Development Coordination; Republic of Kenya, Ministry of Agriculture; and Monty Jones, Special Adviser to the President and Ambassador at Large for Sierra Leone.

The day-long meeting, an official side event of the 2015 Borlaug Dialogue held in Des Moines, Iowa, encouraged collaboration among thought leaders to discuss the international effort of supporting crop biodiversity and its importance for sustainable food security.

Presentations included overviews of The African Seed Access Index by Edward Mabaya, Associate Director at Cornell University; the Global Food Security Index by Lucy Hurst, Associate Director of client research at The Economist Intelligence Unit; and the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) plan to increase the adoption of climate-resilient maize using a systems approach by Avery Ouellette, Senior Partnerships Advisor at USAID.

Jim Borel, DuPont Executive Vice President, also spoke at the event about the Pioneer involvement with the Advanced Maize Seed Adoption Project.

“Farmers are the backbone of our food and agricultural system,” Borel said. “Our world is moving at an alarming pace, that’s why we must focus our innovation where it matters… On challenges like seed security and supporting smallholder farmers.”

John Arbuckle, DuPont Pioneer Vice President for Crop Genetics Research and Development made closing remarks.

“This forum showcased the issues of food security for small holder farmers and the need to continue to innovate broadly for these farmers. Improved seed is what we make, and we need to work with others to make that seed available to all farmers, large or small.”

Representatives from the International Seed Federation, Global Crop Diversity Trust, USAID and more, attended the forum.

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