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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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Rice Model Farm Program Launched in Vietnam

DuPont Vietnam works alongside local governments and communities to educate over 75,000 farmers every year on advanced agronomic practices and safe use of crop protection. 

Thanh Hao farmers in the Rice Model Farm.
Thanh Hao farmers in the Rice Model Farm.

DuPont Vietnam in collaboration with Thanh Hoa Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD), announced the launch of Rice Model Farm Program to educate farmers on how to achieve sustainable farming practices for hybrid rice with high crop yield.  

 “At DuPont, we believe there is a science to feeding the world. We have ongoing collaborations all around the world with governments and public organizations, bringing new innovations and local solutions to help local farmers increase their crop yields in a  sustainable manner,” said Hsing Ho, DuPont ASEAN Managing Director. “The Rice Model Farm Program is set to demonstrate how DuPont agricultural solutions can make difference and improve farmers’ livelihood in Vietnam.”

Hsing Ho (3rd from left), ASEAN Managing Director, and Sittideth Sriprateth (4th from left), DuPont Vietnam Managing Director, help farmers in the rice plantation during the launch event of Rice Model Farm Program.

Hsing Ho (3rd from left), ASEAN Managing Director, and Sittideth Sriprateth (4th from left), DuPont Vietnam Managing Director, help farmers in the rice plantation during the launch event of Rice Model Farm Program.

Sittideth Sriprateth, DuPont Vietnam Managing Director said, “Through the Rice  Model Farm Program, DuPont is committed to transfer integrated crop management and hybrid rice farming technologies including seed selection, soil health management, pest management, water management, nutrient management, sustainable farming practices, harvesting and post-harvesting, for key farmers in Tho Xuan  District, Thanh Hoa province.” 

Mai Ba Luyen, Vice Director of Thanh Hoa DARD, said  “Agriculture is the key component of Vietnam’s food security and self-sufficiency plans for the future. To meet agricultural productivity challenges, public and private sectors must work together to achieve sustainable solutions for food security. Thanks to DuPont for their great contribution in transferring agricultural technologies that help deliver higher crop yields.  I believe our farmers in Thanh Hoa will benefit greatly from this program.”

The Rice Model Farm Program is organized at two Model Farms of 5 hectares each in two different villages in Tho Xuan  District, Thanh Hoa province. DuPont also supplies the participating farmers with Pioneer® brand hybrid rice seeds and DuPont crop protection products as part of the key farming tools.

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