(Posted Fri. Feb 26th, 2016)
The National Corn Growers Association explored solutions to food security challenges with leaders from academia, business and government in Indonesia during a meeting this week made possible by the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program and arranged by the Meridian International Center.
The group held discussions with NCGA as part of an overall agenda designed to expand knowledge of U.S. policies on food security, global hunger and sustainable economic development, with a focus on the important role of biotechnology in agricultural progress.
“One of the most often overlooked benefits of biotechnology in agriculture is its ability to significantly increase food security while improving production sustainability,” said NCGA Director of Biotechnology and Crop Inputs Nathan Fields. “The group’s questions showed their deep interest and willingness to explore the topic from a variety of angles. In particular, they demonstrated curiosity regarding interagency communications on biotech issues in the United States. We’re happy we were able to share our knowledge and develop an ongoing dialogue.”
During their visit, the group also increased their understanding of the importance of opening markets, their knowledge of the impacts of climate change on food security and worked to strengthen the relationships necessary to successfully address food security challenges.