2017 DuPont Food Security Review

2017 has been an active year for DuPont food security work. Progress continues to be made toward 2020 Sustainability goals and engagement is ongoing in areas reflected in the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals such as food security, environmental stewardship, and diversity and inclusion. Here are some of the highlights of DuPont’s work with other organizations and examples of how the Global Food Security Index, was put to work in 2017.

DuPont’s Harden Discusses the Role of Women in Brazilian Agriculture
DuPont sponsored the 2nd National Conference of Women in Agribusiness, which took place in São Paulo, Brazil, on October 17 and 18. Krysta Harden, Vice President of Public Policy and Chief Sustainability Officer at DuPont, attended the event. During her participation in a panel discussion, Harden highlighted the vital role that women have in agriculture, in addition to the company’s commitment to encourage diversity and promote an inclusive space. “I’m confident we can continue making progress to produce a deeper transformation,” she said. [Nov. 7, 2017]

The EIU: Global Decline in Food Security After Four Years of Gains
As public-sector investment in agriculture continues to fall across the advanced economies and with political stability risk rising across most regions, the Global Food Security Index (GFSI), sponsored by DuPont and developed by The Economist Intelligence Unit, has recorded a slip in global food security after four years of progressive gains. The downturn was geographically disbursed, and is particularly discouraging given the global commitment to eliminate hunger by 2030 (Sustainable Development Goal 2). [Sept. 29, 2017]

DuPont at the United Nations
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.

Guest Post from Robert Powell, EIU: Access Denied
After recently attending a week of sustainable development goals (SDG) events in New York, one lesson has become abundantly clear: if agriculture is to have a better future in the emerging world, farmers need “access.” Namely, access to technology, access to finance, access to labor, and, crucially, access to markets. However, even with major progress in microfinance and a slew of small but vital innovations—such as solar-powered irrigation pumps and fertilizer deep placement—for many small farmers the markets remain closed. [Aug. 24, 2017]

Improving Farmer Productivity in Ethiopia – AMSAP
Launched in 2013 with the Government of Ethiopia, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and DuPont Pioneer, the Advanced Maize Seed Adoption Program (AMSAP) has become a model for improving productivity of smallholder farmers in Africa. The success of the program has led to the launch of a similar program in Zambia, with plans to expand in additional countries. After four years of the five year program, the major goals of the public private partnership have been achieved and surpassed. [May 3, 2017]

Expert Panel Helps Build Environmental Factors Into the GFSI
The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) recently convened a panel of experts on natural resources, climate change, water security, and sustainable agriculture to help expand the scope of the Global Food Security Index (GFSI). There was consensus among the panel members that the EIU should develop a tool within the GFSI that allows users to see food security scores based on the existing model and then see how those scores shift when environmental factors, such as climate exposure, are considered. [April 24, 2017]

Creating a Safety Net for Genetic Diversity
On remote Spitsbergen Island, more than 800 miles north of the Arctic Circle, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault protects the genetic diversity of the plants humanity needs to survive. The vault preserves more than 930,000 seed samples, donated by 73 countries and research organizations. The seeds, duplicates of samples stored in hundreds of seed banks around the world, provide insurance against the loss of genetic diversity that could occur if seed in those facilities were destroyed.  [April 12, 2017]

New EIU Report: Mekong River Basin Water Security
The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) released a report that highlights the key challenges facing water security in the Mekong River Basin (MRB) and the current efforts stakeholders in the region are making to confront these challenges. [March 16, 2017]

‘Purple Plow Challenge’ Encourages Students to Propose Food Security
The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has launched an engaging new online platform for middle-school educators highlighting maker space education. The resources for the program are provided at no cost to participants, thanks to support from DuPont Pioneer, the title sponsor of the program. The Purple Plow Challenge site encourages students to research scenarios related to food, hunger and sustainability. [Jan. 12, 2017]

 

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