Meeting the demand for a growing global population is both a challenge and an opportunity for agriculture. We cannot discuss meeting the need for food without discussing agriculture. Solutions will need to be local and also need to address access issues to ensure the food produced gets to the people who need it most, and done in a collaborative manner with communities, governments, aid groups and others who know the “facts on the ground.” At the end of the day people need food. Hunger is the world’s No. 1 health risk and 1 billion people do not have enough to eat.
In the next 10-20 years we will see even more advancements in seed technology that will bring farmers the greatest value and will ultimately benefit the entire food and energy value chain. For example, at DuPont, we are leveraging 80+ years of knowledge and today’s cutting edge technologies to develop products that help deliver value and reduce risk for our customers. Growers today are already experiencing the benefits of improved hybrids. We continue to advance biotechnology leads in our full biotech pipeline and we are working to improve varieties in other crops such as soybeans and naturally drought-tolerant crops such as sorghum and cotton.
Over the last several years, the growth rate of ag output has outpaced the growth rate for public agricultural research funding. The need has never been greater for innovative solutions that will lead to significant improvements in our food and nutritional security, including greater investment in science and technology. Innovation in the agricultural industry offers the promise of improving farmers’ lives, feeding and nourishing more of our population and improving the political, ecological, and economic stability of our world. Stakeholders must come together to renew investments in agriculture research. At DuPont, we strongly believe that no one company or entity will achieve global food security alone. We need public and private sector collaboration to feed the world – especially when it comes to the science and R&D needed to achieve this mission. DuPont invests more than $2.7million in research per day in its efforts to increase agricultural productivity and ensure global food security.