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.
“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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In an earlier entry, we told you about a Biofortified Blog post, inviting its readers to submit questions related to the biofortification of sorghum and Africa Biofortified Sorghum (ABS). The questions were collected and now the answers, provided by Dr. Marc Albertsen, have been posted.
Dr. Albertsen is a DuPont Pioneer research director, lead and principal investigator for the ABS Project.
A Cresco, Iowa, native, Dr. Norman Borlaug dedicated his life to breeding better varieties of wheat and working to improve methods and policies to alleviate hunger and malnutrition worldwide. His achievements earned him recognition as “Father of the Green Revolution” and the distinction of receiving the Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Congressional Gold Medal.
Dr. Borlaug, an agricultural scientist and humanitarian, would have turned 100 on March 25, 2014. To celebrate Borlaug, the World Food Prize has launched a new website called the Borlaug Centennial, worldfoodprize.org/norm, that invites visitors to share thoughts about how they will help feed the world.
In honor of the Borlaug Centennial, the State of Iowa is placing his statue in the U.S. Capitol, and The World Food Prize is encouraging everyone – people from around the globe – to share what they’re going to do to continue Dr. Borlaug’s legacy and to help feed the world.
Here’s a preview of an upcoming Iowa Public Television premiere of a new documentary, Norman Borlaug: Journey to Statuary Hall. The special follows an artistic and agricultural journey from the cornfields of Iowa to the marble halls of Congress. IPTV documents the creative journey of artist Benjamin Victor as he crafts a larger-than-life icon.
The documentary will air Tuesday, April 22 at 6:30 p.m. and Friday, April 25 at 8:30 p.m. on statewide Iowa Public Television. The full program will also be available online at Iptv.org.