Empowering Thought Leadership in Food

DuPont News, October 18, 2012
Empowering Thought Leadership in Food
Participants at the Food Security Forum in Vietnam.


From Vietnam to Indonesia, via Singapore, Executive Vice President Jim Borel brought DuPont thought leadership in food to a higher level in ASEAN when he shared the company’s food security goals at two recent forums. 

In Vietnam, more than 270 government officials, academics, business partners, associates and media attended the Food Security Forum. Jim delivered the keynote speech. Other speakers included Farra Siregar, DuPont Vietnam managing director, Dao Quoc Luan, deputy director of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development's Planning Department, Vu Ngoc Tien, assistant FAO representative in Vietnam, An T. Le, U.S. Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City, Dr. Do Thi Ngoc Diep, director of the Ho Chi Minh City Nutrition Center, and Dr. Vo Tong Xuan, a reputable Vietnamese academic.

“Food security is a key sustainable growth consideration for Vietnam, with important future implications for the economy and society,” said Farra. “We hope the discussion and idea generation at the forum will strengthen collaborations across the food value chain in feeding our growing population. Through Jim Borel’s keynote speech and the extensive media coverage, DuPont has been well positioned as one of the thought leaders on food issues in Vietnam.”

As part of his visit to Vietnam, Jim also had meetings to discuss the role of agriculture in economic development in the country with senior government officials, including Mr. Cao Duc Phat, minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Bui Cach Tuyen, deputy minister of Natural Resources and Environment, and David Shear, U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam.

At the BBC Food Forum in Jakarta, more than 150 participants shared insights and exchanged ideas on solutions to help Indonesia face its food challenge.

“The forum indeed addressed one of the major challenges faced by Indonesia, and it was really insightful to hear different views and comments from the panelists and the participants,” said George Santoso, country manager of DuPont Indonesia. “At the end of this session, one common point is that collaboration is the key to overcome the challenges.”

Jim also hosted employee town hall meetings in Vietnam, Singapore and Indonesia. He talked about DuPont’s food security goals, the Food Security Index, agriculture and nutrition trends and sustaining the global penetration on food security.  

“Our work focuses on producing more food; enhancing nutritional value; improving sustainability and safety in food and agriculture; boosting availability of food and its shelf life; and reducing waste,” 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.”

“I am quite impressed with the great work on the ground by our colleagues in ASEAN,” Jim said after the ASEAN trip. “They are building a leadership position for the company in food and agriculture, helping address the important global challenge of food security and growing DuPont’s business.”