A note from Krysta Harden, Vice President of Public Policy & Chief Sustainability Officer, DuPont, which appeared in the November 2017 Food Security e-newsletter
It’s been about two months since DuPont and Dow officially embarked on a journey to build three industry-leading companies in Agriculture, Specialty Products, and Materials Science. As the daughter of farmers, my passion has always been with agriculture and I’m excited by the journey before us to grow something new. Working within the Agriculture Division, I believe we have an opportunity to enrich the lives of those who produce and those who consume, ensuring progress for generations to come. We will accomplish this by honoring heritages, forging our own unique future, and continuing to collaborate with farmers, our communities, governments and NGOs, as well as other stakeholders in the food value chain to deliver innovative, sustainable solutions.
In September, DuPont hosted a candid conversation about global food security at a Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Media Zone event during the 72nd United Nations General Assembly in New York. Joined onstage by officials from The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), we discussed the Global Food Security Index and its sixth annual relaunch with fresh data and the Index’s new environmental category. This new category, Natural Resources & Resilience, measures the future impact of factors such as temperature change, land deforestation and depletion of water resources on the countries in the GFSI. Since the category can be turned on and off, it is particularly interesting to see how environmental issues will impact the food security of different countries. DuPont’s sponsorship of the Index enables the EIU to make it available online at no cost, helping to inform and accelerate the conversation about food security and sustainable agriculture for all parties including companies along the value chain, academics and policy makers.
I am confident that many of the sustainable innovations we are bringing to market are advancing food security around the world, particularly for the most vulnerable among us. Continued progress will depend on fostering a collaborative spirit and reaching out across the food system to figure out new and better ways to deliver value. One way to do this is by lowering the barriers to entry for new farmers and by promoting inclusiveness within the agricultural community. During a recent trip to Brazil, I visited with two women, both our customers, on their farms. Later, we gathered with several other women over dinner to exchange ideas and learn from each other. Another highlight of the trip was participating in a panel discussion at the National Conference of Women in Agribusiness. Again, the conversation focused on the important role women have in agriculture, as well as the challenges and opportunities of women growers today. This strategy of inclusiveness removes boundaries, opening the door to new ideas and understanding around sustainable agriculture.
As we begin our journey as the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont™, we continue to be committed to achieving a more sustainable system of food production and consumption. Our combined strong legacies and shared passion for innovation make for a brighter future.