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U.S. Global Development Lab to Help End Extreme Poverty by 2030 Launched

GlobalDevLab_Apr012014_smThe U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced today the establishment of the U.S. Global Development Lab. The Lab and its 32 inaugural Cornerstone Partners will advance a science-and technology-based approach to development, creating a new global marketplace of innovations and taking them to scale to help end extreme poverty by 2030.

USAID believes the Cornerstone Partners bring cutting-edge technologies, deep expertise, advanced research and development capabilities, far-reaching networks of customers, suppliers and community organizations, and more than $30 billion in independent investments in emerging markets through science, technology, innovation and partnerships.

“Science and innovation bring an intrinsic value to efforts to solve the world’s biggest challenges such as food insecurity and poverty. We at DuPont are excited to join the USAID Global Development Lab as a part of our commitment to collaborating to deploy global science and local solutions to these challenges, ” said Jim Borel, Executive Vice President, DuPont.

The forum featured an expert panel discussed the value of  bringing together multiple partners with diverse expertise to find and scale solutions to the world’s most challenging problems. On the panel:

  • Jim Borel, Executive Vice President, DuPont
  • Helene Gayle, President and CEO, CARE USA 
  • Charlotte Petri Gornitzka, Director General for the Swedish International Development Agency
  • Jay Collins, Vice Chairman of Corporate and Investment Banking, Citigroup
  • Panel Moderator (invited): Paul Maritz, CEO, Pivotal

The Lab will support breakthrough solutions in water, health, food security and nutrition, energy, education, and climate change, reaching 200 million people in the next five years. To advance this approach, USAID is also increasing the number of scientists and technology experts in the Agency, including 65 fellows from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

“To solve our most intractable development challenges, USAID has established a new way of working, bringing on board the best and brightest staff and new partners, all working in concert to help end extreme poverty,” said Shah. “The Lab will engage a global community of inventors, academics, researchers, entrepreneurs, investors, and corporate leaders in science and technology to invent, test, and scale the most promising and cost effective solutions to end extreme poverty.”

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“American Food 2.0” Program Featured at World Expo in Milano 2015

The Friends of the U.S. Pavilion Milano, a coalition responsible for organizing the U.S. presence at Expo Milano 2015, have announced their launch, kicking off a year-long series of programs highlight the importance of food security and sustainability, to demonstrate the strength of U.S. ties with Italy and all of Europe, and to promote the diversity of American food.

“…we need to go to work to make sure that the pavilion is at the level that we want it to be, that it showcases the creativity and technology and capacities that we have with respect to both sustainability and long-term stability and growth and food security for a growing population on this planet,” said United States Secretary of State John Kerry

As the world convenes at Expo Milano 2015 to address the challenges of feeding 9 billion people by 2050, the Pavilion goal is to showcase American leadership and innovation in global food security, agriculture, and cuisine and plant the seeds for enhanced trade and investment between the United States and Italy in this sector.

usa-1“DuPont is proud to participate in the USA Pavilion at Expo 2015,” said Jim Borel, Executive Vice President, DuPont. “This global stage provides an opportunity to generate dialogue and collaborative action to feed a growing population. DuPont is committed to doing our part by making food more nutritious, safer and available to people everywhere.”

Under the theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life,” Expo Milano 2015 will take place in Milan, Italy from May 1 through October 31, 2015. Like all World Expos, the event is intended to leave a cultural, social, scientific and technological legacy on a theme of global interest.  The United States of America will be one among at least 147 nations and regions represented at Expo Milano 2015.

For more information, visit: http://www.usapavilion2015.net/

About the Friends of the U.S. Pavilion Milano 2015
Friends of the U.S. Pavilion Milano 2015, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is a collaboration between the James Beard Foundation (JBF) and the International Culinary Center (ICC), in association with the American Chamber of Commerce in Italy, whose mission is to conceive, design, fundraise for, and produce the USA Pavilion and programs at Expo Milano 2015 under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State.

For more information, visit: http://www.usapavilion2015.net/ and http://en.expo2015.org/

South Africa-Based Center Houses Continent’s First Private Insectary

This week, a newly expanded research facility at Delmas, South Africa, was unveiled that will serve as the core of the DuPont Africa regional technology center. The technology center is designed to help advance DuPont’s ongoing efforts to accelerate seed product development for Africa’s farmers and help them better manage key agronomic challenges, including pest and disease pressure, climate volatility and nutrient-depleted soils.

Leaders from DuPont were on hand to open the research facility in Delmas, South Africa; Ellen Kullman, DuPont chair and CEO, Ian Hudson, DuPont president Europe, Middle East & Africa, Pamela Chitenhe, Regional Director, DuPont Pioneer Africa and Paul Schickler, president, DuPont Pioneer.

Leaders from DuPont were on hand to open the research facility in Delmas, South Africa: Ellen Kullman, DuPont chair and CEO; Ian Hudson, DuPont president Europe, Middle East & Africa; Pamela Chitenhe, Regional Director, DuPont Pioneer Africa; and Paul Schickler, president, DuPont Pioneer.

“Agriculture has a vital role to play in the social and economic security of African countries. We are harnessing DuPont’s global science capabilities and resources to create local solutions that improve productivity for farmers in South Africa and throughout the continent,” said DuPont Chair and Chief Executive Officer Ellen Kullman. “We believe this technology center will be a catalyst for innovation and collaboration to help feed a growing population in Africa and around the world.”

Delmas will serve as the central hub of the regional technology center, which is comprised of a network of existing DuPont Pioneer and Pannar research facilities and testing locations throughout Africa.

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