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DuPont commits to invest USD 10 billion in R&D dedicated to food, agriculture and nutrition sectors

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DuPont is responding to the challenge of global hunger by committing to invest US$10 billion in research and development dedicated to the food, agricultural and nutrition sectors.

Delivering the keynote speech at the Gulfood 2012 Conference recently, Heike van de Kerkhof, Director Packaging & Industrial Polymers, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Food Growth Director, EMEA, spoke about the opportunities and challenges faced by the global food industry.

Gulfood 2012 is one of the world's largest annual food and hospitality shows in the Middle East attracting a record 62,000 visitors from more than 150 countries and 3,800 exhibitors.

According to Ms van de Kerkhof, DuPont believes that science and innovation can solve the world’s biggest challenges, provided companies and organisations including local academic institutions, governments, NGOS, customers and other stakeholders come together to collaborate and develop innovative solutions.

DuPont recently announced goals for its contribution to help improve food security around the world. DuPont’s food security goals, which address innovation, education and rural community development, will be tracked along with DuPont sustainability goals. 

In addition to the US$10 billion investment for R&D, DuPont is also committed to advancing 4,000 new products by the end of 2020.

Ms van de Kerkhof provided several examples of DuPont’s commitment to help feed a growing world: 

  • Developing sustainable food solutions that reduce waste and protect the ecosystem 
  • Increasing agricultural output for higher food productivity 
  • Developing healthier and more nutritious food 
  • Ensuring the availability, accessibility, affordability and safety of food
Ms van de Kerkhof added that DuPont is committed to ensuring food security at the local level through their crop protection products, seed business, packaging solutions and food protection products, offering advanced technology throughout the food value chain. 

DuPont has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials and services since 1802. 

DuPont Australia & New Zealand  represents the DuPont organisation in Australia and New Zealand.

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