Collaborating to Address Food Challenges

DuPont News, October 3, 2012
DuPont has committed to invest $10 billion in research and development dedicated to the food, agriculture and nutrition sectors.
DuPont has committed to invest $10 billion in research and development dedicated to the food, agriculture and nutrition sectors.

 

DuPont Executive Vice President Jim Borel addressed global nutrition challenges during a panel discussion on Monday moderated by BBC World News Presenter Adam Shaw.

Government officials, business and thought leaders discussed collaborating to address the challenge of feeding Indonesia. They lent their unique perspectives on what is needed to meet the demand for affordable, safe, nutritious and healthy food in Indonesia.

“This is a critical time for Indonesia to make the choices that will ensure its people have enough nutritious food to eat,” said Brian Jones, Asia Pacific leader for DuPont Nutrition & Health. “Only by working together will we succeed in addressing the critical task of feeding our planet adequately and sustainably.”

Indonesia has succeeded in reducing poverty, but the country still faces enormous challenges. About 120 million Indonesians live on less than 20,000 rupiah or $2 a day. And though the bulk of this money is spent on food, more than one third of Indonesian children face the harsh reality of inadequate nutrition. 

"At DuPont, we believe that there is a science to feeding the growing population,” said Jim. “While science is global, solutions must be local. The chances of achieving that goal are increased dramatically by creating science-based innovations that target specific local challenges, collaborating with others on solutions and bringing know-how to the people and places that need it most.”

To address the global food security challenge, DuPont has committed to invest $10 billion in research and development dedicated to the food, agriculture and nutrition sectors, and advance 4,000 new products by the end of 2020.

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