Micronutrient deficiency, often called “hidden hunger,” is not obvious until too late – when there is permanent damage that leads to a lifetime of consequences.
In Africa, up to half a million children become blind from Vitamin A Deficiency (VAD) with increased risk of cognitive impairment, disease and death from severe infections. Furthermore, nearly 600,000 women die from childbirth-related causes, many from complications that could be reduced through more vitamin A in their diet.
In response to significant health and agriculture challenges, DuPont Pioneer is contributing its capabilities in scientific innovation, plant genetics and agricultural systems to the African Biofortified Sorghum (ABS) initiative. Watch a video about the program, below.
Established in 2005, ABS is a public private partnership that is actively working to help improve nutrition for the nearly 300 million people in Africa who depend on sorghum, but who do not have access to another staple that provides the essential nutrients that sorghum lacks.
The ABS initiative demonstrates how cutting edge science and inclusive innovation are helping to solve global challenges through local solutions. ABS is enhancing the nutritional quality of sorghum through biofortification, with an immediate target of increased and stabilized levels of pro-vitamin A, iron and zinc.
While DuPont contributes expertise, as well as monetary, in-kind and capacity building support, organizations such as Africa Harvest and the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization play critical roles in this humanitarian effort.
The countdown is on! We are 100 days away from the opening of Expo Milano 2015 and construction is in full swing. Watch the latest aerial footage from the Expo site:
Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life, is the theme that runs through all the events organized both inside and outside of the exhibition site. In July, construction began on the USA Pavilion, which follows theme, American Food 2.0: United to Feed the Planet. The pavilion will showcase issues of sustainability, food security, food access, nutrition and waste. DuPont is a sponsoring partner of the USA Pavilion. For more information, visit Expo2015.org
The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture announced today the Foundation has reached more than 1.5 million school-age youths through its educational My American Farm program.
My American Farm is an educational game platform launched in 2011 to engage pre-K through fifth grade learners in agriculture. Today the free site offers 19 agriculturally-themed games and more than 100 free educator resources such as lesson plans, activity sheets and comics.
“The My American Farm website is an amazing resource for elementary teachers,” said Lauren Hartzler Arbogast, an elementary school teacher in Harrisonburg, Va. “Since most of my students are generations away from actual production agriculture, I’m thankful for a resource like My American Farm that makes agriculture exciting and relevant for the students.”
This year, My American Farm will launch two new STEM related games, pilot food science day camps and increase outreach to elementary school teachers. Users also can now search educational resources and sort games by grade level and subject area. In addition to being more mobile friendly, the site will provide new resources, like downloadable recipe cards, free marketing resources and ideas for setting up a learning experience at a fair or event.
To take advantage of the free My American Farm resources, games and activities, visit www.myamericanfarm.org.
The My American Farm educational resource is a special project of the Foundation and made possible through the support of title sponsor, DuPont Pioneer.