Food security was the main concern when the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) and Indonesian leaders from government, academia and business met to discuss U.S. policies on biotechnology with respect to food security, global hunger and sustainable economic development.
The NCGA meeting was made possible by the U.S Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program and the Meridian International Center.
“One of the most often overlooked benefits of biotechnology in agriculture is its ability to significantly increase food security while improving production sustainability,” NCGA Director of Biotechnology and Crop Inputs Nathan Fields said. “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.”
Finally, the group learned more from their Indonesian hosts about the importance of opening markets and strengthening relationships to address food security.