DuPont Asks Experts to Help Tackle Challenge of
|Agriculture is central to DuPont’s focus on increasing food productivity.|
DuPont recently announced the full membership of its advisory committee on Agricultural Innovation & Productivity for the 21st Century. The committee, which is chaired by former U.S. Senator Tom Daschle, will tackle the global challenge to increase agriculture productivity in a sustainable manner.
Global population is expected to surpass 7 billion in 2011 and 9 billion by 2050.
In addition to Sen. Daschle, who brings unparalleled expertise in the intersection of public policy and agriculture throughout his career in politics, the committee members are:
Charlotte Hebebrand, chief executive of the International Food & Agricultural Trade Policy Council (IPC), which promotes a more open and equitable global food system.
|Former U.S. Senator Tom Daschle|
Jo Luck, World Food Prize Laureate and president of Heifer International. Heifer International is a premier hunger-fighting, non-profit organization bringing food- and income-producing animals to extremely poor families, providing opportunity for improved livelihoods through animal husbandry, technical training and community development.
J.B. Penn, chief economist of John Deere & Co. He served as undersecretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services at the U.S. Department of Agriculture from 2001-2006.
Pedro Sanchez, 2002 World Food Prize Laureate with a wide-ranging career in international agriculture and the fight against global hunger. Since 2003, he has served as director of Tropical Agriculture at Columbia University’s Earth Institute.
“This is the time when we must be bold and imaginative in creating better public policy and inventing new business practices,” said DuPont Executive Vice President Jim Borel. “I am confident the committee will make a distinct contribution to addressing the food security challenge.”
“I look forward to rolling up our sleeves to uncover innovative methods for combating the global strain on food, feed, fiber and fuel,” said Sen. Daschle, who recently spent time in Des Moines, Iowa, and Africa listening to farmers and other stakeholders about the issues and challenges in addressing the food productivity challenge.
The committee is expected to issue a report of recommendations in 2011.