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Ending hunger with local solutions

Agriculture.com Staff Updated: 10/14/2011 @ 9:48am

Innovative science and collaboration are at the cornerstone to addressing global food security, DuPont Chair and CEO Ellen Kullman told international leaders Thursday at the 2011 World Food Prize, according to a DuPont report.

The annual World Food Prize brings together more than 1,000 global leaders, including former presidents, CEOs from Fortune 500 food and agriculture companies, World Food Prize laureates and policy experts to discuss how to address the current food crises and food security needs for people around the globe.

Though science provides universal answers, Kullman acknowledges that solutions must be localized due to variations in climate, soils, cultural traditions and transportation infrastructure. "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." Capacity building, knowledge sharing and agricultural innovations must be shared with people and places that need it most.

Kullman asserted that global food security is not just an agricultural issue. She encouraged attendees to invite the entire supply chain to join this discussion because it will take innovative thinkers from finance and technology to regulatory, health and development to tackle this complex issue. "Together, we can accomplish what no one can do alone."

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