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Start Locally, Collaborate to Increase Food Security, Says DuPont Leader to U.N. Group
Date:11/12/2009

Public-Private Partnerships Help Increase Small-Scale Farmer Productivity

Milan, Italy (Vocus) Nov. 12, 2009 – Tackling global food security requires an understanding of local situations along with collaborations between public and private entities on a local, national and international scale, DuPont Vice President and Pioneer Hi-Bred Chairman Dean Oestreich told a Private Sector Forum meeting of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (U.N.).

The forum is a pre-event of the U.N. World Summit on Food Security scheduled for Nov. 16-18. World leaders will meet to discuss the current global food insecurity and what should be done to ensure sufficient food production for a world population that will grow by 50 percent by 2050.

“To sustainably increase small-scale farmer productivity, we must start with the context of the local agriculture practices, infrastructure, culture and government policies,” said Oestreich. “No one entity or sector can do all that needs to be done. Local context is the key starting point for successful public-private efforts to increase local agricultural productivity and, ultimately, global food security.”

“The groups involved in collaborations can vary depending on the local needs and the specific issue being addressed,” said Oestreich. “The challenge for governments is not figurin
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