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DuPont leader advocates public-private partnerships for sustainable agriculture

Daniel Rahier

Daniel Rahier, Director of Biotech Policy, Europe, Africa and Asia for DuPont business Pioneer Hi-Bred called today, Monday, December 6, for consolidated and unhesitating action by public and private organizations to provide truly sustainable solutions for improving the agricultural productivity in Developing Countries.

Speaking on the panel discussion ‘Can New Technology Feed A Hungry World?' as part of the European Development Days conference in Brussels, Belgium, Daniel Rahier stated that "the challenge is not only increasing food production, but increasing it where it is mostly needed and by those who need it most." The European Development Days is organized by The Development Policy Forum (DPF), a partnership between the Brussels-based think tank Friends of Europe, the United Nations, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and Ministries of Development of France, Germany, the United Kingdom as well as the European Commission Directorate General for Development and Relations with ACP States.

DuPont is ideally placed across the value chain to achieve this by boosting crop yields through seed genetics, agronomic practices and crop protection products and by increasing nutritional content from crops like sorghum - a staple crop in Africa. DuPont invests US $2 million a day in research and development for its Ag businesses developing technological solutions for improving agricultural productivity for all our customers, be they small or large scale farmers.  DuPont recognizes the challenge and our responsibility to help provide solutions to improving small-scale farmer productivity in developing countries and our unique set of traditional and high tech approaches to these solutions applies just as equally to small scale farmers in developing countries.

Reiterating similar calls made by DuPont leaders in recent months, Rahier reinforced the fact that "In order to provide small-scale farmers from developing countries with the tools they need to increase their productivity and income, Public-Private partnerships are essential. Quite simply, the challenge is too great for any single company, government or NGO. If we are serious about building the foundations of sustainable agriculture in developing countries, we must apply an integrated approach that pulls native talent with global expertise, experience and technology as appropriate from both public and private organizations with support and incentives by governments and international agencies."

Rahier concluded calling on governments around the world to ensure policy does not hinder the ability of all parties, companies, NGOs and governmental agencies to form partnerships necessary for increasing small-scale farmer productivity in developing countries.