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

g out which groups to bring together, but creating an environment that supports the creation of the collaborations.

“Government policy can help or hinder the ability of organizations to form partnerships necessary for increasing small-scale farmer productivity in developing countries,” said Oestreich. “We must find ways to replicate policies that have supported agricultural development and public-private partnerships.”

He noted that local agricultural development is increasingly recognized for contributing to food security and as an economic development engine that can contribute to political stability.

“By bringing additional focus to the food security and the potential of collaborative, integrated approaches, we can better feed the hungry and contribute to stability and security around the globe.”

Oestreich gave examples of how DuPont business Pioneer Hi-Bred is collaborating with stakeholders to increase the productivity of small-scale farmers and processors across the world.

Market access collaboration: Pioneer is one of the founding members of the West African Seed Alliance (WASA) – a partnership between aid agencies, private foundations, seed companies, public and private sector plant breeders and governments. Since its inception 18 months ago, WASA has created four new locally-owned and operated seed companies, trained approximately 1,600 farmers and agronomists in the region and is in the process of registering new seed varieties adapted for the local environment and growing conditions.

Research collaboration: Working with the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Pioneer established a partnership between world-class research organizations using local infrastructure in rice gr
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