This Week’s Highlights in Food Security

AllAfrica reported that new projections from the Food and Agriculture Organization indicate yearly rice production from Nigeria and Ghana are expected to rise by 7%.

Bruce Campbell, CGIAR Director of the Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), reflects on new and unique agricultural solutions for farmers in the dry lands across the world.

In November, Global Affairs Senior Fellow at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Roger Thurow participated in a Q&A session in which he discussed his hopes and ambition to work with others in creating a world free of hunger.  Earlier this year, Thurow was also a featured moderator at the DuPont Food Goals Forum in Washington, D.C.

Last week, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah visited the International Food Policy Research Institute to convey that the US government is committed to identifying and scaling up new agricultural technologies that will impact hunger and food security.

A Year in Review: Infographics

As we wrap up the year, let’s take a look back at some of the infographics we used to highlight what DuPont has been doing to address the challenge of global food security. In September, we shared the work DuPont is doing in Africa to combat malnutrition and hunger.

In observation of International Rural Women’s Day, DuPont highlighted the inspiring and challenging work that  Martha Kanengoni has accomplished on her farm in Zimbabwe.  Winner of the DuPont Pioneer National Farming Competition, Martha shared her success stories with farmers from around the world at the invitation-only global farmer roundtable dialogue held during the 2012 World Food Prize Symposium in Des Moines, Iowa.

 

International Rural Women's Day Infographic

 

Following the launch of the Global Food Security Index, the Economist Intelligence Unit announced the first major update to the online tool. The Price Adjustment Factor indicatated food security declined slightly between June and September of 2012.  To announce this update, we shared the infographic below, which highlights some of the key factors presented throughout the index.

 

 

Global Food Security Index

 

 

This has been a thought-provoking year that has uncovered new challenges and solutions in food security, but there is still a lot of work to be done. We are looking forward to collaborating with new public and private partners in 2013 on projects and initiatives to address food security worldwide. We hope you will join us.

This Week’s Highlights in Food Security

Take a look at what we are reading this week in food security:

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Director General José Graziano da Silva announced this week that the private sector is essential to addressing food security.

The World Food Programme (WFP) published an update to their October 2012 Global Food Security Report, outlining important challenges and trends in food security.

Reliefweb.net reports that on average, women comprise about 43 percent of the agricultural labor force in developing countries. “Empowering women farmers improves food security for all.”