DuPont Chair & CEO: Meeting World Food Needs Requires
Ellen noted the challenge for global food production is to feed the world’s growing population, which is near 7 billion and expected to rise to 9 billion by 2050. In the meantime, the world’s supply of arable land per person is decreasing.
Ellen said the scale and scope of this challenge can only be tackled through science and collaboration.
“Successful collaboration means developing advanced seed technologies that meet specific local needs, crop protection products to help guard crop yield and quality, innovative packaging that protects food quality and testing systems to ensure food safety and good agricultural practices that improve the knowledge and skills of farmers in developing countries,” Ellen said.
|Sorghum is one of the five top cereal crops in the world, along with wheat, oats, corn, and barley. The plants are cultivated in warmer climates worldwide, but the largest producer of sorghum today is Africa.|
“Inclusive, innovative science that involves farmers, governments, universities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and customers can meet the world’s demand for food and do it while improving consumer benefits and increasing sustainability,” Ellen said. “We have a tremendous opportunity to address global food challenges by increasing the productivity of the world’s farmers, expanding the availability of nutritious food, delivering cutting-edge crop protection products that are more sustainable and empowering farmers around the world to improve their families’ standards of living.”