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Supporting Agriculture System Development in Ethiopia

Agriculture continues to be a fundamental instrument for sustainable development, food and nutrition security, and apoverty reduction. The Advanced Maize Seed Adoption Program (AMSAP) was designed with this concept in mind.

Founded in 2013 by the Government of Ethiopia, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and DuPont, AMSAP takes a holistic approach to improving maize farmer productivity. From the farm to the fork through enhanced agronomic training, improved inputs, and greater access to credit, markets, and grain storage, the AMSAP model is already making a significant difference. DuPont Pioneer is providing sample hybrid seed for demonstration plots and facilitating field training sessions. It is also building a network of farmer dealers to advance the utilization and acceptance of high-quality inputs and production techniques.

Check out this new video to learn more about the AMSAP partnership model and hear firsthand from rural farmers in Ethiopia who are experiencing the impact of the program first hand.

 

Snapshot of Year One Progress

  • Planted 320 demonstration plots
  • Over 4,000 farmers, extension workers and development agents benefitted from:
    - Two to three fold increases in yields
    - Increased incomes of as much as US $500
    - Greater access to improved seeds
    - Training in agronomic practices and post-harvest handling.
  • Several farmers are being trained as farmer dealers, who will be able to provide improved inputs to their communities.
  • AMSAP is in the process of scaling up to 3,200 demonstration plots this year, and 32,000 in 2015. We expect the program to impact over 100,000 farmers at its close.

Food security in the news

Impact of climate change on food and nutrition security

Former U.S. Senator, Tom Daschle, penned Food Security is in Jeopardy, an opinion piece that ran in The Hill. In the article, Daschle addresses the importance of science-based solutions and the need for climate smart agriculture (CSA), a term coined by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), which is aimed at sustainable agriculture development to address food security in the face of climate change.

There is growing consensus that the two issues that will define the lives of future generations are climate change and food security. At this week’s United Nations Climate Summit 2014: Catalyzing Action, world leaders will address both of these challenges and the solutions necessary to minimize their impact on the globe.

The two are increasingly more intertwined and more pressing with each passing year. Climate change has long led to tension-filled debates focused on the “who” and the “why,” distracting us from the problem itself and the solutions necessary to address it. ~Daschle

Read the full article here.

Daschle chairs the DuPont Advisory Committee on Agricultural Innovation & Productivity, is a senior policy adviser at DLA Piper.

HungerU Tour 2014 – Food security focus

The new 2014 HungerU trailer features a dynamic design showcasing statistics and information from the 2014 Global Food Security Index placed on a world map.

The Fall HungerU Tour launches today in Salt Lake City, Utah, and will travel more than 7,000 miles across the western United States. The HungerU Tour was created in 2012 as a special project of the Farm Journal Foundation’s hunger fighting platform, Farmers Feeding the World. Each semester the Tour visits more than 16 campuses and speaks with over 20,000 students about hunger issues. Each campus visit features the Index on interactive screens, additional games and activities and conversations about ways students can become part of the hunger solution.

The Global Food Security Index was developed by The Economist Intelligence Unit with exclusive sponsorship by DuPont.

Ag education grants available – Oct 30 deadline

DuPont Pioneer and the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) are continuing their support of agriscience education through a grant program aimed at training teachers and supplying equipment and resources to elevate the rigor of agriculture and science curricula. Grants of $2,500 to $5,000 are available to help prepare students for careers in agriculture and food.

Pioneer is working closely with the NAAE to award grants to teachers who are implementing Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE), but may lack sufficient resources.

CASE is a multi-year approach to agriscience education with rigorous educator training requirements and hands-on, inquiry focused learning activities. The collaboration with Pioneer and CASE is a special project of the National FFA Foundation. This is the third year of involvement in this effort by Pioneer.

Applications for CASE grants will be accepted through October 30, 2014.

CASE is an instructional system that is changing the culture of agriculture programs by equipping teachers to elevate student experiences in the agriculture classroom, and preparing students for success in college and careers emphasizing science, technology, engineering and math. To learn more about CASE, visit http://www.case4learning.org/.

 

CCTV discusses food security with Borel

On CCTV America, Jim Borel, DuPont executive vice president, discusses the latest findings from the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Food Security Index, which measures food availability, affordability, and safety and nutrition in 109 nations. Recognizing the demand that the growing middle class in the developing world puts on food systems, Borel stresses the practice of sustainable agriculture to increase both food production and nutrition.

Borel makes it clear that food security solutions vary from country to country and region to region. For example, Australia, a country with a relatively small population but with abundant agricultural space, has the potential to serve as a major food exporter to heavily populated Asia region.

To learn more about challenges and opportunities to feeding the world, watch Borel’s full interview below. Find the full story on the CCTV website.

 

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