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Watch the Global Food Security Symposium live online

Grab a front row seat at the 2013 Chicago Council Global Food Security Symposium tomorrow starting at 8:30 a.m.ET. Streamed live online, this event will bring together leaders from government, business and NGOs to address how science, trade and industry can be leveraged to meet global food security demands.

This year’s Symposium for the first time will include university students nominated by leaders in food and agriculture to represent the future scientists, engineers, policy makers, and more who are critical to increasing food production worldwide.

Be sure to catch the premiere of a video featuring student stories of how they will help feed the world. The video will be introduced at 10:40 a.m. ET, prior to remarks by DuPont Pioneer president Paul E. Schickler.

The Symposium live-stream can be found here. Follow on twitter @DuPont_News, @DuPontPioneer, @globalagdev@ChicagoCouncil and #globalag.

Continuing the conversation on food security, a challenge that requires a new level of leadership

A lively forum focused on global food security was held this week on the Washington, D.C. campus of Johns Hopkins University. Sponsored by the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), forum panelists and attendees learned about the Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) Global Food Security Index and the need for urgent action to end hunger.



Leo Abruzzese, editorial director of the EIU, and Paul Schickler, president of DuPont Pioneer, were featured speakers. The Global Food Security Index, sponsored by DuPont, set the stage for a discussion around the need for leadership and collaboration outside the traditional bounds of agriculture to address the challenge of food security.


 “The global food supply network is tremendously vibrant and complex and many of the skills you have developed here at SAIS are needed to make it work continually work even more effectively than it has in the past,” Schickler told the participants.


The afternoon panel included:

  • Walter Andersen, acting director of the SAIS South Asia Studies Program
  • Deborah Bräutigam, director of the SAIS International Development Program
  • Pieter Bottelier, SAIS senior adjunct professor of China Studies
  • Francisco González, the Riordan Roett Senior Associate Professor of Latin American Studies at SAIS
  • Robert Thompson (moderator), a visiting scholar in the SAIS Energy, Resources and Environment and International Development programs.

The private – public partnerships: taking action for global food security

DuPont kicked off its 2013 Agriculture Development Roundtable Series on April 17 in Washington, DC. This first roundtable, titled “Agriculture Value Chains and the Role of the Private Sector,” was hosted jointly with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). 



A panel of experts provided insights on establishing methods the private and public sectors can best work together, and focusing on immediate needs, including investments, policies and capacity building, to create an enabling environment for the private sector to support agriculture value chains.   


Roundtable participants included:

  • Jim Borel, executive vice president, DuPont
  • Demba Ba, director, The Islamic Development Bank
  • Shenggen Fan, director general, International Food Policy Research Institute
  • Frannie A. Léautier, executive secretary, The Africa Capacity Building Foundation
  • Moderator John Heller, senior director, Synergos


This roundtable is the first in a series of four discussions that will be held this year.


The Roundtable series will build on the successful launches of DuPont’s Food Security Goals and Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Food Security Index, both launched in 2012. These initiatives represent DuPont’s public commitment to making a difference and engaging in public discussions about issues affecting food affordability, availability and nutritional value. 


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