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CEOs and ag minister call for innovation and investment

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DES MOINES (AP) -- The CEO's of two international companies and the agriculture minister of the Netherlands are calling for increased investment and innovation as well as improved public-private partnerships to meet the world's growing demand for food.

Patricia Woertz, the chairman, CEO and president of Archer Daniels Midland Co., Ellen Kullman, the CEO of DuPont, and Gerda Verburg, the agriculture secretary for the Netherlands, gave the keynote speeches during Wednesday's first day of the World Food Prize symposium in Des Moines.

All three women said the demand for food worldwide will double by 2050 and that agriculture must find a way to meet that demand by increasing production land already in use while protecting the environment.

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