The challenge of global food security should be the top priority of all nations, companies and individuals, according to DuPont Vice President and General Manager of Pioneer China Bill Niebur. He told attendees at the 5th International Biotechnology and Agriculture Summit in Beijing yesterday that it will take everyone – working collaboratively – to ensure every person has enough nutritious and safe food to eat.
“With nearly 1.4 billion people in China, a population base that is migrating to large cities, and arable land that is stable to declining – it is imperative that we work together to sustainably increase the productivity of every area of land, every hour of field labor, and every unit of water and fertilizer,” Bill said. “Without question, China will play a critical role in achieving global food security.
“DuPont and its Pioneer seed business are committed to working with China – through collaborations with the government, academia and others in the industry, as well as working directly with millions of China’s farmers, to address challenges,” said Bill.
Bill stressed that DuPont will work with China for the long-term.
“Our plans, integrated business model and professional competencies align well with the view for the seed industry of the State Council of China and the No. 1 document,” he said. “Pioneer will continue to contribute collaboratively to the productivity and security of China’s food supply – now and in the years to come.”
Pioneer’s presence in China is deeply engrained in the local seed industry through two corn seed business joint ventures, one research joint venture through Beijing (Peking) University, and numerous research collaborations with the China Ministry of Agriculture and Chinese Academies of Science and Technologies.