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Nov 30, 2011

Bayer CropScience's CEO Says Company Wants to be a Partner & Driver of Sustainable Agriculture Solutions

Bayer CropScience CEO
Sandra Peterson
Partnership & collaboration are
integral to address global
challenges, such as food
security for all.
Photo: Bayer CropScience
On 30 November 2011, in a keynote address to the World Agricultural Forum in Brussels, Sandra Peterson, CEO of Bayer CropScience stated that her company was ready to become a partner and driver of solutions for sustainable agriculture.  She noted that food security needed to be addressed through partnership and collaboration.

According to Peterson, the challenges posed by food security could be solved "by connecting the dots and working across the entire food value chain.” Bayer CropScience was ready to do this - especially through its innovative, scientific research on two of the world's most important crops, wheat and rice.  Innovations include work on drought tolerance and virus tolerance.

For Bayer CropScience, "regulatory and political obstacles" posed a challenge to innovation.  Peterson advocated a "regulatory climate that facilitates trade flows, as well as the transfer of technology and know-how.”  She also noted the need to support smallholder farming.  And, she pointed to the need for the United States and Europe to "harmonize reduction of trade barriers."

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