DuPont Malaysia MD Provides Point of View on the country food security

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Kuala Lumpur, 11 April 2014 – DuPont Malaysia Managing Director, Ong Ewe Hock announced DuPont commitment to invest USD10 billion to R&D and introducing 4,000 new products as one of its global food security goals. The commitment was made at the World Halal Conference held here during his paper presentation titled Global Perspective of the Food Security Situation.

“Food security is a global challenge where DuPont is using its scientific capabilities to address it.  We have transformed our portfolio to put greater emphasis on delivering higher growth, higher value offerings for the agriculture and nutrition industries,” Ong said.  “DuPont has a unique vantage point on food security because we have innovations across the full value chain, allowing us to holistically address the challenge of feeding the growing global population. Improving agricultural productivity, providing food and nutrition solutions and finding ways to protect food and reduce waste are all part of our strategy.”

“As we talked to governments, government link company, regulators, academia, NGOs and farmer organizations around the world and in Malaysia, we’ve come to realize that while we share a common goal of food security, we do not share a common language. To truly address the root cause of hunger, we must have a common path forward to tackle such pressing issues as food affordability, availability, nutritional quality and safety,” added Ong. “Literally billions are being invested to address food security, but until today, we have no comprehensive, global way to measure food security and the impact of investments and collaborations at the local level.”

The Global Food Security Index which was commissioned by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and sponsored by DuPont addresses the underlying factors of food insecurity in 107 countries and points to areas for improvement and reforms. Malaysia was ranked first in ASEAN in terms of food security.

 

GLOBAL AND ASEAN GLOBAL FOOD SECURITY INDEX
Country Rank Scores
  World ASEAN  
Malaysia 36 1 63.9
Thailand 46 2 57.9
Vietnam 61 3 50.4
Philippines 63 4 47.1
Indonesia 66 5 46.8
Myanmar 74 6 37.2
Cambodia 90 7 30.0

“My hope is that the Global Food Security Index will be used to promote collaboration, make better informed decisions and stimulate action necessary to feed our growing population,” Ong ended. “

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Photo caption : Ong Ewe Hock, managing director, DuPont Malaysia presenting a paper on food security to over 500 participants from over 50 countries.