DuPont has been invited to collaborate with the Australian government on the development of the country’s first National Food Security Plan.
The Australian government would use the Global Food Security Index, developed by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and sponsored by DuPont, for its formative, non-partisan, independent scorecard for measuring the country’s global food security status. DuPont also would participate in key discussions on agricultural biotechnology and genetic modification.
“As well as our own analysis, the government needs an independent, dynamic system on which to base its metrics for the country’s food security status,” said Mike Ryan, assistant director-general, Australian Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. “The Global Food Security Index meets that brief.”
DuPont Australia Managing Director Graeme Longe said DuPont was well placed to contribute and help shape the policy agenda on food security.
“We are very pleased to be able to collaborate with the government on this critically important issue,” he said. “Australia has some of the most extreme weather patterns in the world – from devastating floods to crippling, decade-long droughts. We believe that our scientific rigor and culture of agricultural innovation make us a valuable collaborator in ensuring Australia’s long term food security and global competitiveness.”
Following a meeting with officials from AusAid, Australia’s international development agency, DuPont also has been invited to contribute to Australia’s food security planning as they head into the new round of G20 meetings later this year. Australia will chair the G20 in 2014 and join Mexico and Russia (2013 chair) in the G20 troika this December.