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Live webcast: The 2013 Borlaug CAST Communication Award Presentation and Roundtable Discussion

Plan to watch online the Borlaug Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) Communication Award breakfast and presentation co-hosted by CAST and DuPont. The morning event will feature Jeff Simmons, 2013 Borlaug CAST Communications Award winner and president of Elanco, speaking on Enough: The Fight for a Food Secure Tomorrow. 

Following Simmons’ talk is a roundtable discussion focused on the protein gaps and sustainability issues of the global food security debate. Participating in the roundtable: Bill Northey, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture; Chuck Conner, President and CEO, National Council of Farmer Cooperative; Sue Finn, Registered Dietician, President of American Council for Fitness and Nutrition; and Chris Policinski, President and CEO of Land O’Lakes, Inc.

Learn more about Jeff Simmons’ paper, Enough: The Fight for a Food Secure Tomorrow.

Please plan to watch this event via live-streamed-video from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. CDT on Wed., Oct. 16th.

All eyes are on food security

This week, two major events put food security in the spotlight – the World Food Prize 2013 Norman Borlaug Dialogue and the 32nd annual observance of World Food Day.

For nearly 842 million people in the world who are living within the grips of food insecurity*, Wed., Oct. 16 will come and go as just another day of struggling to find safe, nutritious food. For others, World Food Day is an opportunity take action locally. For DuPont, it’s a chance to reinforce our commitment to find science-based solutions to the global challenge of feeding the world by working with farmers, governments, NGOs, and others.

Also on Wednesday, the 2013 World Food Prize Norman Borlaug Dialogue begins its look ahead to the next century of advances in agricultural research and application, and will bring discussion of customized and localized solutions for smallholder farmers to the forefront. We encourage you to connect with the Symposium online.

Do you want to participate in the conversation?
Watch one of the Dialogue series focused on Forward Thinking: Engaging Future Leaders to End World Hunger which will be webcast live on Wed., Oct 16 at 2:15 p.m. ET. Ellen Kullman, DuPont Chair and CEO, will moderate a panel discussing the engagement, collaboration and innovation needed to truly address global food security. Joining her on stage: Julie Borlaug, Associate Director of External Relations, Borlaug Institute for International Agricutlure at Texas A&M; Mpule Kwelagobe, Founder and CEO, MPULE Institute for Endogenous Development; and Eve Ntseoane, a small holder farmer in South Africa.

Later that afternoon at 4 p.m. ET, James Borel, DuPont Executive Vice President, will join a panel to discuss identifying and implementing a sustainable route to sufficient nutritious and affordable food agriculture to meet the demands of feeding a growing population. Research and Returns: The Future of Agricultural Technology & Investment panel will be moderated by Martina Newell-McGloghlin, Director of International Biotechnology, University of California-Davis.

Visit the World Food Prize online for a detailed Symposium agenda and webcast information.

Check back throughout the week as we post news from the Symposium and about collaboration efforts that will help feed the world.
*Source: Food and Agriculture Association of the United Nations

Dubai CEO Forum Debates Nutrition & Health

DuPont recently hosted the DuPont Executive Forum in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, where approximately 100 CEOs from the world’s leading multinational companies came together to collaborate on best practices related to sustainable business growth.

DuPont Chair and CEO Ellen Kullman opened the forum with a keynote address focused on building a sustainable economy through collaboration. This was followed by a series of panel discussions, including the panel Building Nutrition & Health in a Growing Population, led by Craig Binetti, president DuPont Nutrition & Health.

“The need for both affordable and nutritious food to feed growing populations in the Middle East and beyond is a growing concern,” said Binetti. “Ensuring that enough healthy, nutritious food is available for people everywhere is one of the most critical challenges facing humanity.”

The rest of the panel consisted of: Sanjiv Mehta, chairman, North Africa and Middle East, Unilever; Atila Kurama, group president of Financial Investments, Yıldız Holding; Robert Powell, Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) senior economist and editor; and Brinda Govindarajan, senior director, Research & Technology, Kellogg Asia-Pacific Ltd.,.

“Nutrition problems can’t be solved by one group of people, we need to work together to better mankind,” said Govindarajan.

Binetti concluded that organizations have come a long way since food security was first raised. “People aren’t just talking about food supply anymore, we now include nutritional value.”

Learn more about food security in the Middle East and Northern Africa region in an Economist Intelligence Unit summary drawn from the 2013 Global Food Security Index. Find out more about how nutrition impacts food security in your country by visiting the EIU Global Food Security Index.

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