Global Food Security & Brazil’s Role in Feeding a Growing Population
Roberto Hun, DuPont Brazil Commercial Unit Leader, recently joined experts in agricultural sustainability and natural resource management for a discussion on global food security and Brazil’s role in feeding a growing population. DuPont hosted the panel session on Sept. 26, following the launch of 2017 Global Food Security Index (GFSI) at the Ethos 360° Conference – an annual event to discuss sustainable growth and diversity in Brazil.
Sponsored exclusively by DuPont, the GFSI is an annual benchmarking model developed by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) to provide a framework for understanding the root causes of food insecurity by examining the dynamics of food systems around the world. This year’s Index was presented at Ethos 360° in Sao Paulo by the EIU’s senior consultant, Robert Powell, and Brazil country leader, Marcio Zanetti. They reviewed the overall rankings, Brazil’s individual performance, and the new Natural Resources & Resilience category, which assesses the impact of climatic factors and natural resource risks in the food security.
The DuPont panel followed shortly thereafter, featuring Hun; Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa) president, Maurício Lopes; Walmart Brazil president, Flavio Cottini; and Cargill business unit vice president, Laerte Moraes. They were also joined by Ethos Institute president, Caio Magri, who noted in his opening remarks that DuPont’s work in food security is “a discussion that will guide the conference’s next meetings.”
“More and more, we need to prepare ourselves for the challenge of feeding a growing population: a basic human need and prerequisite for many countries’ economies,” said Hun. He also stressed that the GFSI arose from the company’s commitment in this area. “This is not a recent concern for DuPont. In 2010, we composed a panel of notables to think about global food security. At that time, these industry experts helped us to think about practical actions to take all along the food value chain.”
Regarding Brazil’s agricultural sustainability, Embrapa’s Maurício Lopes opined that the integration between crops and livestock can improve the food security in the country. He stressed that the Brazilian rural producers are also worried about creating a new paradigm for agribusiness activities, respecting the forest reserves.
Brazil appears in the 38th position in the GFSI’s general rankings and fourth in Latin America, behind Chile, Uruguay and Costa Rica. The Natural Resource & Resilience category also revealed Brazil is susceptible to the climate change impacts, since the increased temperature may result in changes in the rainfall volume and damage some crops, such as coffee, by 2050.
However, it’s noted that the Brazilian risk management system is the most robust in Latin America. In addition, the country stands out for its low dependence on agricultural commodities imports and is among the most productive nations in the fish and aquaculture markets, which ensures income for 3.5 million people in the country.