On Wednesday, September 20, DuPont hosted a breakfast event at the SDG Media Zone during the 72nd United Nations General Assembly in New York. Led by opening remarks from Krysta Harden, DuPont Vice President of Public Policy and Chief Sustainability Officer, the event focused on increasing the visibility of the Global Food Security Index (GFSI) and highlighted this year’s new environmental category that recognizes the growing emphasis on resource conservation, climate change adaptation and sustainable agriculture practices.
The GFSI is the only comprehensive ranking of global food security in 113 nations by affordability, availability, quality and safety, and with the upcoming relaunch of the GFSI, the addition of natural resources and resilience impacts. Through sponsorship by DuPont, The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) developed this dynamic tool in 2012 and updates it each year with findings and analysis.
“It’s important for DuPont to be looking at global food security issues…not just trends but what’s behind the trends,” said Harden. “The Index gives us a place to start the dialogue. It helps us realize what’s going on in the communities where our customers live and work – and why, when there is an abundance of food being produced – is it not getting to everyone who needs it.”
Robert Powell, EIU senior consultant, and Katherine Stewart, EIU consulting analyst, also spoke at the event. Powell explained the new category and what to look for in the 2017 version, which will be released on September 26 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
“We are not going to prescribe answers, but with the Index we do want to highlight potential issues that could be addressed by stakeholders – private sector, public sector and NGOs,” said Stewart. “The Index is encouraging countries to think about the risks they are facing.”
The event concluded with all three seated for a panel discussion and audience questions on food security and ways the Index can be mapped to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
In attendance were top-tier media reporters and UN delegates and staff. In addition to the live audience, UN Web TV live-streamed the event, allowing for the conversation to reach much larger audiences. The video is available for viewing online in two segments: Krysta and Robert presentation and full panel discussion.