Collaboration and science will drive food security solutions in the future says DuPont Chair and CEO Ellen Kullman. She shared this message with movers and shakers in the food and agriculture industry, policy experts and global leaders at the 2011 World Food Prize.
Kullman says that many farmers around the world are concerned about the future of their children because of limited access to food. "I’ve walked through fields with farmers on four continents. I now understand many of the concerns they have and their hopes for the future for their families and communities," she says.
Kullman shared three key themes she believes will help solve low food production, lack of access to food and hunger while she admits no single company holds all the answers.
Science has to be Local
Kullman says that food production solutions are not one size fits all. Because climate, soils, cultural traditions and transportation infrastructure all play significant roles in farming across the globe she believes scientific applications must be localized. "At DuPont, we believe that the challenge of feeding the world will require a continuous stream of science-based innovations. And those innovations will have to be precisely tailored to solutions that are local in character."
Collaboration is Powerful
According to Kullman, global food security is not just an agricultural issue. "Together, we can accomplish what no one can do alone." Kullman believes that the entire supply chain needs to be involved in the discussion because it will take innovative thinkers from all sectors of business and development to solve this multifaceted issue.
Science and Sustainable Solutions
Kullman stressed DuPont’s focus on inclusive innovation to address urgent needs around the world. Focusing on sustainably feeding the world, reducing our dependence on fossil fuels and safeguarding people and the environment, DuPont invests more than 60% of its annual research and development budget to food security. Kullman asked leaders in attendance to invest in agriculture and sustainable food security solutions.
"At the end of the day, no one country, company, government or foundation can meet the global food security challenge alone," Kullman said. "We have to work together through public-private collaborations and through a harmonized, science-based regulatory system to ensure farmers and consumers can benefit from new technologies."