Collaborating for Food Security

DuPont News, December 10, 2012
Collaborating for Food Security
Event participants at Chesapeake Farms.

 

DuPont was recently joined by the U.S. Department of State, and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to host a number of members of the Southeast Asian Diplomatic community at Chesapeake Farms in Chestertown, Md. The meeting was held to discuss modern agriculture and the region’s attitudes toward biotechnology. DuPont Executive Vice President Jim Borel was joined in welcoming the delegation by USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Darci Vetter

The meeting participants, who also consisted of a number of government officials, NGOs, academics, and local 4-H members, learned about DuPont in general as well as the company’s focused efforts in food and agriculture.  Later, they viewed field demonstrations involving DuPont Pioneer and DuPont Crop Protection technologies, and a local grower demonstrated soybeans being harvest with a combine. 

“Addressing the food security needs of a growing population will require collaboration among companies like DuPont, governments, farmers, and others,” said Jim. “Today’s event was a tremendous opportunity for DuPont to share the potential that technology can offer growers and consumers alike. It was also a chance to learn from important policy makers the challenges and opportunities that exist in their local markets.”

The day wrapped up with Ambassadors and Embassy staff discussing their observations with positive thoughts about modern agriculture technology. Ambassadors from Brunei, the Philippines, and Vietnam were joined by staff from the Embassies of Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore and Thailand.

The event was organized by DuPont Government Affairs and Chesapeake Farms staff.