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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.

Critical advancement in sorghum research helping to feed millions

About sorgum Page_hands_webGlobal consortium of scientists achieve research breakthrough to make sorghum crop more nutritious; will contribute to food and nutrition security

An important step toward introducing pro-vitamin A (beta carotene) into sorghum, a staple food in Africa which is naturally deficient in key nutrients, has been taken. According to a DuPont announcement today, not only has the level of pro-vitamin A been improved to levels that result in delivery of 100 percent of the daily vitamin A requirement in children, but the stability of pro-vitamin A during storage also has been dramatically improved. These research breakthroughs will help improve nutrition for the nearly 300 million people in Africa who depend on sorghum, but who do not have access to another staple that provides the essential nutrients that sorghum lacks.

ABS_VitA graphic_vert“Nutrition is the building block of life,” said DuPont Pioneer President Paul E. Schickler. “The achievement of enhancing both the quantity and stability of pro-vitamin A in sorghum marks a critical advancement in ensuring local farmers cannot only grow more food, but more nutritious food.”

The ability to achieve 100 percent of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin A in children from sorghum has never been achieved before.

Read more about ABS Initiative achievements here

DuPont contributes expertise, as well as monetary, in-kind and capacity building support to the ABS Initiative.

Investing in science for nutritional control of obesity

Prof. Andreu Palou, winner of DuPont Science Award in Spain & Portugal

Within the theme of the latest edition of the DuPont Science Award relating to the field of health and nutrition, Dr. Andreu Palou has been recognized for his scientific contributions in the area of molecular nutrition: the regulation system of body weight (obesity); leptin and the relationship between diet and (epi-) genetics (nutrigenomics and personalized nutrition); the diet/illness mechanisms related to food safety and efficacy; functional food; and the identification of health claims on foods and new biomarkers for European substantiation of health claims in food.

Prof. Andreu Palou, winner of the DuPont Science Award in Spain & Portugal

Prof. Andreu Palou, winner of the DuPont Science Award in Spain & Portugal

Obesity – and the associated metabolic alterations – is one of the biggest nutritional issues today, with huge impact on health but also economics and society. Andreu Palou and his team are working in three main areas:

  • Thermogenesis and thermogenetic food that would allow us to lose the excess of calories in the form of heat instead of fat,
  • Omic or nutrigenomic biomarkers for early prediction of potential health alterations, and
  • Obesity prevention.

In this last area, Prof. Palou and his team have discovered a new function of leptin, a protein that is present in breast milk but not in substitute milks. The protein has an effect on lactating babies that protect them against the obesity in the future.

The DuPont Science Award was established in the Iberian Peninsula under the auspices of Professor Severo Ochoa (Nobel Prize winner in Medicine 1959) in order to encourage initiatives which make an important contribution to the advancement of science and its applications. For the last twenty-two years, DuPont has been giving the award to Spanish and Portuguese scientists that have contributed with their work to the advancement of science.

You can find information on the foundation, jurors and other details related to the DuPont Prize of Science:

Dr. Andreu Palou is Professor and Director of the Laboratory of Molecular Biology and Nutrition, University of Balearic Islands and Head of Group Research Center on Obesity and Nutrition Network (CIBERobn)

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