USAID, DuPont Work With Government of Ethiopia to Improve Food Security

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today with Ethiopia and DuPont to boost maize harvests through increased use of hybrid maize seed, improved seed distribution, and post-harvest storage.

Maize is a significant contributor to Ethiopia’s economic and social development, providing jobs, income and food. This collaboration will help more than 30,000 smallholder maize farmers increase their productivity by up to 50 percent and help reduce post-harvest loss of maize by as much as 20 percent.

“Ensuring people everywhere have enough food to eat will require sustainable, local solutions and collaboration at new levels,” said James C. Borel, Executive Vice President of DuPont. “The USAID and DuPont collaboration with the Government of Ethiopia marks a significant step forward toward improved productivity of Ethiopian maize farmers through enhanced agronomic practices and inputs.”

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DuPont, USAID and the Ethiopia government sign MoU in Davos, Switzerland. Pictured left to right: Khalid Bomba, CEO of the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA); James C. Borel, executive vice president of DuPont; Dr. Rajiv Shah, administrator of USAID.

A Food Security Year in Review: Videos

As we continue our look back at 2012, we are re-sharing some of our videos that highlight the DuPont food security story.

Global Food Security Index

This summer, the Economist Intelligence Unit, in partnership with DuPont, launched the Global Food Security Index.  The Index is a tool that is already promoting collaboration, generating insights and stimulating action needed to feed a growing global population. The Index measures vulnerabilities at the root level in more than 100 countries, gauging affordability, availability and nutritional quality and safety. Learn more about the Index and food security in your country.


4-H Planting Seeds of the Future

With support from DuPont, Global 4-H has launched agricultural leadership institutes in five African countries to engage and train youth about agriculture.  Learn how 4-H impacts farming in the United States and abroad.


At DuPont, we’re putting science to work to improve the nutritional value of food, ensuring food safety, and finding smart, sustainable solutions to feed a growing population.


Unique Food Packaging Solutions

DuPont resin, Surlyn, and other packaging innovations maintain food safety, providing new ways to bring nutrition to food insecure regions.  See how our partner, MixPack brings milk to Chihuahua, Mexico.


Science at its Best

Unlike other farmers in the area, Zeka Twoboy experienced an abundant harvest despite difficult growing conditions in Malawi. See how his experience with DuPont Pioneer seeds inspired him to travel 400 kilometers to share his story.

A Year in Review: Blog Posts

As we continue our look back at DuPont’s milestones in 2012, we are highlighting some of our notable blog posts.

Food Goals
The DuPont Food Security Hub launched in conjunction with the announcement of our food security goals last February:

  1. Innovating to feed the world.
  2. Engaging and educating youth.
  3. Improving rural communities.

Read more about the goals, the event and the Q & A with our panelists here.

Global Food Security Index Launch

DuPont, in collaboration with the Economist Intelligence Unit, launched the Global Food Security Index (GFSI) at locations around the world starting in July 2012. DuPont Chair and CEO Ellen Kullman stated that the GFSI “will help us around the world measure the many aspects of food security, providing a common language to discuss what needs to be done. Our hope is that the Global Food Security Index will promote collaborations across the food value chain, generating insights and most importantly, stimulating action.” Read what other panelists and speakers from all of the launch events had to say about the GFSI.

Energy Innovations for Food Security

After attending the World Economic Forum on Africa held in Ethiopia in May of last year, DuPont President Ian Hudson shared his perspective on the relationship between energy innovations and food security.