DuPont hosts ‘Global Collaboratory’ on food

To help address the challenge, DuPont convened a panel of leading experts to further advance solutions on feeding India and the world,

By 2025, India is estimated to have the most people to feed of any country on Earth. So, what will it take to feed India and the world? 

To help address the challenge, DuPont convened a panel of leading experts to further advance solutions on feeding India and the world, moderated by BBC World News.

DuPont set the stage in New Delhi for the first in a series of global debates. The goal of the “Global Collaboratory” events is to further explore how to feed the world, reduce dependence on fossil fuels, and protect people and the environment.

“Science-powered innovation has the potential to feed our growing populations through higher yields per acre, helping crops thrive in stressed conditions, protecting fields against pests and disease, and implementing better nutrient management through more sustainable farming practices,” said Chair and CEO of DuPont Ellen Kullman. 

“The purpose of the debate was to tap into the global scientific knowledge base to develop local solutions and determine how governments, industry, farmers and consumers can best work together to implement those solutions.”

To answer challenging questions of how to create sustainable food security in the coming decades, DuPont convened a prestigious panel which included: 

Dr. M S Swaminathan — chairman, M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF), Member of Parliament;

• Dr. Swapan Kumar Datta — deputy director general (Crop Science), Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR);

• Pradip Mazumdar — CEO & director, CropLife India;

• Ajay Jakhar — agriculturalist and chairman, Bharat Krishak Samaj;

• Balvinder Singh Kalsi, president — South Asia, DuPont.

"I believe food security, which is a global challenge and particularly for developing countries including India, is achievable. We all must work together, public and private sectors, using science and technology-based efficient agriculture for better livelihood of farmers and quality food for all,” said Swapan Kumar Datta, deputy director general of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research.

Balvinder Singh Kalsi, president — South Asia, DuPont, said, “In India, we have very fertile land, great biodiversity, a range of agroclimatic conditions to grow all kinds of crops, hard working and smart farmers, and outstanding scientists. With all this, we can meet the food needs of our country. It will take all stakeholders to work collaboratively.”.

At the event, DuPont also announced the sponsorship of a new BBC program, presented by Adam Shaw, called Horizons, which will identify the companies, large and small, looking for solutions to the way lives will be lived in the coming decade. The 20-episode program will air on BBC World News, in over 200 countries and territories around the world starting May 6.


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