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Update: Biofortified Sorghum Answers Posted

About sorgum Page_hands_webIn 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.

In Borlaug’s Honor: How can you help feed the world?

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.

Australia Food Security Spotlight Fosters a “Critical Conversation”

The recent DuPont Australia food security forum brought to the forefront a “critical conversation for Australia,” according to participant, former Deputy Prime Minister and trade minister, Hon. Tim Fischer.

Australian food security experts participated in a panel discussion hosted by DuPont Australia on March 11 in Canberra. Photo by Firedust.

Australian food security experts participated in a panel discussion hosted by DuPont Australia on March 11 in Canberra. Photo by Firedust.

Fischer was part of the eight member panel that discussed new research from the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), Feeding Asia Pacific: Australia’s role in regional food security, at the event held in Canberra last week. The forum was hosted by DuPont Crop Protection President, Rik Miller.

The DuPont-commissioned EIU report recommended several key measures that could potentially increase Australia’s food security role in Asia. Panel member, Matthew Cossey, CropLife Australia CEO, said that the “greatest challenge” and most concerning issue  in agriculture was that latest data from 2012 indicated the Australian economy attracted about $170 billion worth of foreign investment but the agricultural sector accounted for about $3.5 billion of that amount.

“I think that is probably the largest issue that we need to be talking about in agriculture from an investment perspective,” he said.

The forum was held at the National Press Club and brought together nearly 100 leading figures from agriculture, policy, trade and economic sectors.

For more information about the food security event and to read the full EIU report visit, dupont.com.au

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