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Innovation crucial to China’s agriculture industry

Yunnan_C32C8134_01Earlier this week, Bill Niebur, vice-president of DuPont and DuPont Pioneer North Asia, shared his opinions on key issues facing China’s agriculture industry with the China Daily. The article, For food safety, China’s agriculture needs market-driven innovation,” was picked up by the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture website.

“Improving agricultural competitiveness will be achieved by promoting technological innovation in agriculture and mandating environmentally sustainable development. China today is clearly one of the major agricultural world powers,” Niebur said.

Niebur’s comments followed the Chinese government’s release of the annual No. 1 Central Document, which focuses on rural issues. Read the full article, here.

Giving smallholder farmers a chance to thrive – Feed the Future project

Feed the Future supports the Heat Tolerant Maize for Asia (HTMA) project, a public-private alliance that targets poor farmers in South Asia whose crops are vulnerable to weather extremes and climate change. By developing and deploying heat-resilient, hybrid (i.e. produced by cross-pollinated plants) varieties of maize, the project gives these farmers a chance to thrive in the face of increasingly volatile weather conditions.FeedtheFuture_01

One of the project’s strategies for increasing the scale of heat-resilient maize varieties is to link up with companies that are already established among farming communities and local markets, such as DuPont Pioneer. These private sector partners give HTMA greater access to regional marketing networks, vastly increasing the project’s reach and impact.

Read the full article, available in the Feed the Future January newsletter.

Feed the Future, the US government’s global hunger and food security initiative managed through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), supports countries in developing their own agriculture sectors to generate opportunities for economic growth and trade, particularly for smallholder farmers, many of whom are women. DuPont is pleased to partner with USAID and its Feed the Future program as we collectively aim to address the issue of global food and nutrition security.

Food security and food waste reduction highlighted at the Gulfood 2015 Leaders Conference

The World Food Security Summit at the Gulfood 2015 highlighted the role of the private sector in tackling food security challenges and developing strategies to encourage alliances and initiatives. The summit also discussed agricultural development and ways in which multinational organizations can help reduce food wastage.

Yesterday at the Dubai-based conference, Amin Khayyal, general manager, DuPont United Arab Emirates, participated in the panel discussion, Increasing the Involvement of Corporates in Resolving Food Security Challenges.

“DuPont is committed to driving food security efforts locally, sustainably and collaboratively with customers, business partners, governments and public-private partnerships to address these challenges.”

During his address, Khayyal highlighted DuPont’s commitment to finding local solutions to reduce food waste.

“Building on local extreme temperatures, sustainable logistics play a key role for waste reduction. Collaborating with one of the leading local airlines freight services, we use science to meet these challenges. Products like DuPont™ Tyvek® help to control temperature spikes during air transit and protect perishable shipments.” Watch a video about this solution here.

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