Take a look at the DuPont Food Security Forum panel speakers respond to Nancy Roman from the United Nations World Food Programme insightful observations about DuPont’s latest initiative. Listen in as James Borel and others discuss the importance of public-private partnerships and making food more accessible around the world.
Take a few minutes and watch our esteemed panel of speakers follow up with a few questions from the audience at the Food Security event. Roger Thurow begins the wrap up conversation after a great question from the President of Iowa Future Farmers of America, Lindsay Calvert.
We received a number of great questions during last week’s Food Goal Forum. We didn’t have a chance to answer every question that was submitted, though we’ve selected some of the most interesting and common questions and posted our replies below.
1. “Private sector is diverse. It comprises of MNCs (Multinational National Corporations), SMEs, NGOs representing farmers and other groups. Part of the difficulty in achieving PPP is that the private sectors themselves are not aligned. How should MNC take lead on this to create s common position between different groups in private sector to solve one common problem on food security?”
There are a number of good examples where diverse stakeholders are coming together to share ideas, solutions and best practices around food security. The Food Security Forum that DuPont convened on Feb. 2 is just one example. The World Economic Forum is engaged in developing broad projects in key countries in Africa. Organizations such as USAID are building value chain projects that bring together a diverse group of stakeholders to address food security issues. To truly reach the scale needed,collaborations across all sectors must be accelerated.
2. “What about other aspects that affect food security, like land tenure, which is extremely crucial for small-holder farmers?”
Food security relies on understanding the needs of farmers everywhere and helping them get what they need to be successful. Land tenure is among the issues that will need to be addressed.
3.“With the adoption of mobile phones in rural areas throughout the world how can this new communication technology be harnessed to support information exchange and dissemination to achieve more food security. And specifically are R&D efforts actively designing direct access to farmers via mobile technology in their projects?”
Mobile technology has the potential to provide information to farmers in ways
that will revolutionize how they do their business, especially in developing nations.
From agronomic advicee and extension services, to market information and soil testing results, mobile technology will enable farmers to increase efficiencies and productivity.
4.“How do the Food Security Goals announced today fit in with other initiatives like the one sponsored by the WEF and particular countries or chapters like the one of Mexico recently presented in Davos, Switzerland. How can we make sure that we really collaborate with other initiatives?”
The DuPont Food Security Goals build on what we as a company are doing
to innovate to feed the world, to facilitate engagements among young people and
to support farmers and their communities. They also very much align with other key
food security initiatives. Our focus is intentional; we do not want to create new
or competing projects.