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Holistic Food Policies Can Improve National Security
Date:5/20/2010

DuPont Leader: Global Collaboration with a Local Focus Needed to Improve Agriculture Productivity

Washington D.C. (Vocus) May 20, 2010 -- Increased agricultural productivity in developing countries can increase national security, but it requires supportive governments, a holistic approach, and local implementation, Paul E. Schickler, president – DuPont business Pioneer Hi-Bred, told attendees today at The Chicago Council’s Symposium on Global Agriculture and Food Security.

Senior leaders from the Obama administration, U.S. Congress, business, policy, NGO and international organizations discussed policy and implementation challenges confronting U.S. and international food security activities and its contribution to national security.

The Obama administration, which has identified food security as a key component of national security, unveiled its strategy for the U.S. government’s global hunger and food security initiative at the Symposium.

“Recognition of the role that agricultural development can play in a country’s economic development, stability and security is critical,” said Schickler. “The difference between a farmer having access to improved farming practices or not can often be traced to a country’s supporting structures and policies.”

He noted that sustainably increasing agricultural productivity requires
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