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Syngenta Forms Rice Bowl Index Advisory Board

October 31, 2012

Syngenta announced the formation of The Rice Bowl Index Advisory Board to "provide strategic insight and direction to the evolution of the Rice Bowl Index, and support the ambition of the diagnostic tool to move from identifying the problems of food security systems to finding solutions." The Rice Bowl Index is a tool that provides insight and information on the robustness of the food security system across Asia-Pacific.

The members of the Board are: Bruce Blakeman, Vice President Corporate Affairs, Cargill; Marcel van Doremaele, CEO Rabobank Singapore & Representative Markets; Andrew Guthrie, Regional Director, Syngenta Asia Pacific; Hans Joehr, Head of Agriculture, Nestle; Richard Leggett, CEO, Frontier Strategy Group; Dr. Andrew Powell, CEO, Asia BioBusiness; David Shearer, Director, Corporate, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research and Prof. Paul Teng, Senior Fellow (Food Security), Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

"The formation of this Board is an important first step to take the Rice Bowl Index from a mere diagnostic tool to a guide for developing specific action plans," said Prof. Paul Teng, Senior Fellow (Food Security), Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. "The collective wisdom represented by the Board will further help ensure that action plans are relevant and responsive to the findings from the Index. It is also anticipated that the Board will guide future enhancements to the tool to improve its value to individual countries through appropriate customization."

For more information, visit http://www.syngenta.com or http://www.ricebowlindex.com