Helps growers manage and utilize information about their operations to improve productivity per acre, profitability and sustainability.
In the spirit of “what gets measured gets done,” in 2012 DuPont announced corporate goals to enhance food security that would be realized by the end of 2020.
Progress on the DuPont Food Security Goals
The global population will grow to more than nine billion people by 2050. To address the challenges of a growing demand for more nutritious and safe food, DuPont is harnessing innovation and collaboration to enhance food availability, affordability, and overall nutrition throughout the globe.
Despite notable progress on many fronts, significant challenges remain. The path to achieving worldwide nutrition and food security is built on today’s successes – but no one company, country or organization can meet the challenge alone. That is why DuPont is committed to collaborating with others – NGOs, governments, academia and industries – and to working locally with farmers from India to Brazil to Kenya to address their unique challenges. In 2012, DuPont set ambitious goals to enhance global nutrition and food security by 2020 and every year is making measurable progress towards their fulfillment.
Innovating to feed the world. DuPont committed $10 billion to research and development, and the introduction of 4,000 new products by the end of 2020. DuPont surpassed the half-way point of its research and development goal – $5.917 billion – at the end of 2016 and introduced 3,475 products. The work centers on developing innovations that will produce more food, enhance nutritional value, improve agriculture sustainability, boost food safety, extend food freshness, and reduce waste.
Engaging and educating youth. DuPont also pledged to educate and engage two million youths around the world, transferring knowledge of sustainable food and agriculture to the next generation. From educating Ukrainian agriculture students on seed production to promoting the importance of citizenship and sustainable agriculture among Brazilian third and fourth graders, DuPont has proudly exceeded its goal of engaging two million youth by 2020. Despite formally achieving our goal of 2 million engagements in 2014, we continue our progress in this area and have now engaged more than 2.5 million youth.
Improving rural communities. DuPont has committed to improve the livelihoods of at least three million farmers and their rural communities by the end of 2020. Through 2016, DuPont has directly reached more than 1.7 million farmers to help strengthen agricultural systems and improve productivity. The Rice Farm Schools Program in India – a collaboration between DuPont Pioneer, Crop Protection and the Uttar Pradesh Department of Agriculture – is a noteworthy example. This collaboration will provide more than half a million small holder farmers with practical expertise and training, from seed planting to harvest, while demonstrating the value of hybrid seeds. Moving forward, DuPont will continue to track progress toward developing science-based solutions to the global challenge of food and nutrition security.
Goals in Action
Ukrainian agriculture students receive training in the U.S. on seed production, marketing and research and development.
The Rice Farm Schools program in India, a collaboration of DuPont and the Uttar Pradesh Department of Agriculture, is contributing to better yields and greater productivity for about 15 percent of the country's rice production.