DuPont Leader: Agriculture is Critical for Improved

In developing countries, more than 60% of the population depends on agriculture for their livelihood.

DuPont Leader: Agriculture is Critical for Improved

Paul Schickler 
Paul Schickler
“Agriculture plays a critical role in improving the quality of nutrition and health for people around the world,” said Paul Schickler, president – Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business, at the second annual Global Health Conference presented by the Heartland Global Health Consortium being held this week in conjunction with the World Food Prize activities.

“We have a tremendous opportunity to address global health challenges by increasing the productivity of the world’s farmers, expanding the availability of nutritious food and empowering farmers around the world to improve their families’ standards of living,” Paul said. 

In developing countries, more than 60% of the population depends on agriculture for their livelihood.  “As a farmer improves agricultural productivity, income can increase, and so does the ability to buy food and enhance the family’s quality of life.

Corn filed“Improvements must be made at the local level, including developing seeds, products and management practices specific to an area, but also ensuring access to credit, markets, crop storage facilities, roads and equipment.

“Agriculture holds significant promise to improve health conditions, but that promise will only be realized with collaboration from governments, organizations and businesses to increase the quantity, quality and accessibility of food in a sustainable way,” Paul said.

Fruit stand“Innovative science also is important. Researchers around the world are developing crops that not only yield more, but also provide increased nutrient content and digestibility even in harsh conditions,” Paul said.

This reflects DuPont’s overall commitment to feeding a growing population by delivering advanced seed genetics to improve productivity, crop protection products to help guard crop yield and quality, innovative packaging that protects food quality and testing systems to ensure food safety.

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