Effective Collaborations Have Clear Goals, Timeline and Roles
Canberra, Australia (Vocus) October 27, 2009 -- Global food security, which is increasingly being recognized as a key to national security, will only be fully achieved through well-designed and executed public and private partnerships, William S. Niebur, vice president – DuPont Crop Genetics Research and Development, told attendees at the Crawford Fund Annual Development Conference.
“Global food security challenges are becoming more complex and interconnected,” said Niebur. “The need to increase agricultural productivity amid the uncertainties of global climate change, political instabilities, shrinking availability of arable land and increasing world populations present challenges no single company, government or research institution can solve alone.”
Niebur challenged conference participants – both in public and private sectors – to find more effective ways to solve the most pressing food security issues.
“Strong partnerships between public institutions and private companies will be the preferred mechanism to effectively address the increasingly complex challenges we’ll face in the coming decades,” said Niebur. “The most successful partnerships will create clear accountability. They will fully capture the strengths of each partner organization, have clear goals, inputs and timelines in place, and offer distinct benefit to all parties to ensure sustainability of the effort.”
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