The Power of Collaboration to Feed the World – Food Security in Colombia
Jim Borel, DuPont Executive Vice-president participated in, The Power of Collaboration to Feed the World, a forum in which different points of view on food security were shared in order to present the global context of food security and the outlook in Colombia.
The conference was also attended by Ana Mercedes Cepeda, World Food Programme (WFP) National Officer of Public Policies and Strategy, and Alasdair Ross, Global Product Director and Editorial Director of The Economist Intelligence Unit, the institution that developed the Global Food Security Index, sponsored by DuPont.
The Index, a dynamic model of quantitative and qualitative ratings of food security in 109 countries, was discussed with special focus on Colombia´s findings. The country ranks 53rd in overall score, a two position drop from 2014, despite a 1.2 point increase in overall score. Colombia experienced a 0.9 point score decrease in Quality & Safety, which led to a three-position rank drop. Another notable score change is a 2.4 point increase in Availability.
During the conference, the three speakers discussed issues such as the food productivity, training, technological innovation, sustainability and public policies to achieve higher growth and deliver greater value to agriculture and food industries in the country.
“DuPont has a unique perspective on food security, because we have innovations throughout the value chain, allowing us to comprehensively address the challenge of feeding a growing world population,” said Borel. “Improving agricultural productivity, providing solutions in food and nutrition, and finding ways to protect food and reduce waste, are part of our principles.”
Since the launch of the Index, DuPont has facilitated discussions in countries around the world – all focused on how all can best pool resources and coordinate actions to ensure people everywhere have enough to eat. On this occasion, Borel focused his remarks in four key areas that should be the foundation of food security solutions: innovation for farmer productivity, enhancing nutrition, creation of supportive food trade policies, and reduction of food waste.
For more information about country rankings in the 2015 Global Food Security Index, access the study at foodsecurityindex.eiu.com.