On May 17, DuPont opened a state-of-the-art seed processing plant and large capacity storage warehouse at Menagasha, Ethiopia, to meet the increasing demand for Pioneer® brand seed.
This is the first project evolving from DuPont collaborative initiatives in Ethiopia that will help boost maize productivity among smallholder farmers and help increase food production for local communities. The investment will total more than U.S. $4 million over the next three years.
“DuPont is committed to collaboratively tackling global food security challenges and we are honored to work with USAID (United States Agency for International Development) and the government of Ethiopia to significantly increase productivity for maize farmers here,” said DuPont Executive Vice President James Borel, during the DuPont Pioneer seed production plant opening in Menagesha.
DuPont is collaborating with the Government of Ethiopia and USAID to advance the agricultural development and food security goals set by the Government of Ethiopia. This collaboration, termed the Advanced Maize Seed Adoption Program (AMSAP), will provide sample seed to demonstration plots and field training sessions. It will also build a network of farmer dealers and the current cooperatives to advance the use and acceptance of high-quality inputs and production techniques. The AMSAP also includes the facilitation of credit and grants for the construction of seed and post-harvest storage facilities.