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2015 Global Food Security Symposium

Today, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs kicked-off its annual Global Food Security Symposium in Washington, D.C. — drawing hundreds of policymakers, corporate executives, scientists, and senior leaders from international and nongovernmental organizations to discuss the role of the agriculture and food sector in alleviating malnutrition. Malnutrition – from undernourishment to obesity – is a dangerous global challenge that places at serious risk the health of more than two billion people. Global malnutrition is costly – to economies, the environment, social welfare and, of course, human life.

We need a food system revolution that makes a partner of the agriculture and food sector, grows the market for healthy foods, and gives billions more people access to the nutrients they need to thrive.

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Paul Schickler, DuPont Pioneer president, speaking on a panel at the 2015 Chicago Council on Global Affairs Global Food Security Symposium.

One of the Symposium panels, Business Models for Advancing Nutrition: How the Private Sector is Moving the Needle on Health, is dedicated to the topic of partnering with business and how the private sector is moving the needle on health. During the panel, Paul Schickler, president, DuPont Pioneer, will speak about how the company is making a real difference at the farm-level to improve the nutritional value and safety of food by leveraging strengths in soil health, seed technology and agronomy. He also stress the importance of prioritizing collaboration, localizing innovation and promoting technology acceptance.

New Report: Leverage the Food System

ReportCover_0The Chicago Council on Global Affairs released a new report this morning, Healthy Food for a Healthy World: Leveraging Agriculture and Food to Improve Global Nutrition. Endorsed by a bipartisan group of senior policy, business, scientific and civil society leaders, the report makes several recommendations, one of which is that government and industry work together to support more efficient and wider delivery of healthy foods, especially through technologies that can reduce food waste and enhance food safety.

Join the conversation

The Chicago Council will live stream of the symposium, beginning at 8:30 a.m. ET. They will also be active on Twitter by following @GlobalAgDev, @ChicagoCouncil and #GlobalAg, and on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/globalagdev.

DuPont is a supporting sponsor of The Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

New Center to Support Growth of More Nutritious, Convenient and Affordable Food for India

Recently, DuPont Nutrition & Health opened an Innovation Application Center in Gurgaon, India.  The facility houses state-of-the-art equipment and capabilities to serve the regions’ food industry.

310-India-Innovation-Center-Opening“According to industry estimates, the food industry in India is growing between 15 and 20 percent annually. We recognize that while the science of food is global, the taste and flavors of food are local,” said Matthias Heinzel, president of DuPont Nutrition & Health. “As we develop those local solutions, we need to be able to work closely with our local customers on foods they are developing for their consumers. This Innovation Application Center provides that access and a place for us to share our innovation and expertise, to showcase what we can offer and to help our customers save valuable time in developing novel solutions for the market.”

DuPont Nutrition & Health also has an existing blending facility for specialty ingredients in Sohna, Haryana. “Among the focus areas of the Innovation Application Center will be protective cultures for dahi and yogurt, soy protein productsice-cream and more nutritious, Indian snacks and biscuits tailored to meet the regional taste and texture expectations,” added Brian Jones, regional leader, DuPont Nutrition & Health, South Asia. “The center also will allow DuPont to introduce formulations that are more convenient and affordable for more food choices for the food industry. An example is the work ongoing with customers on increasing the shelf-life of products in hotter climates where cold chain technology is not available.”

It’s What Inside

DuPont Nutrition & Health combines in-depth knowledge of food and nutrition with current research and expert science to deliver unmatched value to the food, beverage and dietary supplement industries. We are innovative solvers, drawing on deep consumer insights and a broad product portfolio to help our customers turn challenges into high-value business opportunities. More information is available at www.food.dupont.com.

Improving Food and Nutrition Security in Africa One Seed at a Time

Yesterday, on the Chicago Council’s Food for Thought blog, DuPont Pioneer research director, Marc Albertsen, shared his experiences working on a sorghum biofortification collaboration with American and African scientists.

Marc Albertsen, research director, DuPont Pioneer with Florence Wambugu, CEO, Africa Harvest at the ABS research greenhouse in Kenya.

Marc Albertsen, research director, DuPont Pioneer with Florence Wambugu, CEO, Africa Harvest at the ABS research greenhouse in Kenya.

The African Biofortified Sorghum (ABS) initiative is focused on addressing the issue of micronutrient deficiency in Sub Saharan Africa, especially among children under 5.  Often called “hidden hunger,” micronutrient deficiency is not obvious until too late in a child’s development – when there is permanent damage that leads to a lifetime of consequences. In Africa, for example, up to half a million children become blind from Vitamin A deficiency. Iron and zinc deficiencies result in stunting of normal growth and increased risk of cognitive impairment, disease, and death from severe infections.

It is estimated that nearly 300 million people in Africa depend on sorghum as a staple crop, but do not have access to another staple that provides the essential nutrients that sorghum lacks.

Improved sorghum hybrids will help address micronutrient deficiencies in many African villages. Through the biofortification of sorghum, the ABS consortium of African and American scientists have achieved beta-carotene levels that have the potential to deliver 100 percent of the daily vitamin A and 80 percent of iron and zinc requirements in children under the age of three. And, they have improved the stability of beta-carotene during storage by over 100 percent from four weeks to 10 weeks. The ABS initiative supports capacity building, promoting industry and regulatory affairs framework and sustainable seed system development.

The Chicago Council’s campaign, “Healthy Food for a Healthy World,” builds awareness about the important role food can play in promoting health and alleviating malnutrition. To read Marc’s Healthier Crops, Healthier People blog post, click here.

In a few week’s, the Chicago Council will release a new report on food security at its Global Food Security Symposium 2015. DuPont Pioneer President, Paul Schickler, will participate as a panelist at the Symposium. Tune in to the Symposium live stream on April 16.

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