Friday, June 10, 2011

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Collaboration needed to feed 9 Billion people by 2050

Washington--The challenge of feeding a growing population of 9 billion by 2050 requires collaboration across all stakeholders on a scale never seen before and it has to start now, according to the DuPont Advisory Committee on Agriculture Innovation and Productivity for the 21st Century. The committee released a report on Tuesday that details recommendations for closing the food productivity gap.

In 2010, DuPont assembled an external committee, which is chaired by former Sen. Tom Daschle to examine the best public policy mechanisms and business practices to tackle the global challenge to increase agriculture productivity in a sustainable manner.

“Addressing the food and nutrition needs of a growing population is the defining challenge of this century,” said Daschle. “The complexity of this challenge—substantial urbanization, diminished resources such as arable land and water, increased rates of malnutrition—are complex and can only be addressed with the kind of innovation that comes from partnerships and collaboration on a whole new level. Governments, private sector, universities, research institutions, NGOs and farmers must come together with a common purpose.”

DuPont news release

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