Our Point of View on Food Security
There is a Science to Feeding the World and Ensuring Food Security
DuPont businesses – DuPont Pioneer, Crop Protection, Nutrition and Health, Packaging & Industrial Polymers and Industrial Biosciences – are working together and are committed to making food more nutritious, safer and available to people everywhere.
Our approach to delivering science-based innovation is built upon four pillars:
• SCIENCE IS UNIVERSAL, BUT FOOD SECURITY SOLUTIONS MUST BE LOCAL: Innovative solutions should be driven by the needs of those whose lives we are trying to improve. Farmers need access to world-class science, technology and tools that will improve productivity, profitability and farm management. Solutions must start with local needs, whether it’s an Indonesian farmer who needs a corn hybrid adapted to his local growing conditions or a Kenyan girl who is going blind because she does not have enough Vitamin A in her diet.
• COLLABORATION UNLOCKS THE ANSWERS SCIENCE PROVIDES: Solutions must be collaborative—reached in concert with communities, governments, NGOs and farmers who know the “facts on the ground” and with global businesses who have the specialized expertise or resources to help solve particular problems. In short collaboration must have no limits, for answers are everywhere.
• SCIENCE MUST BECOME LOCAL WISDOM: Know-how must be brought to the people and places that need it most, working side-by-side with all involved to share knowledge with farmers and communities who can use it to secure their futures. Sharing technology with farmers means more than just agronomic information or products; it means providing access to market information, communications technology, financing and crop storage.
• SOLUTIONS MUST BE SUSTAINABLE IN THE BROADEST SENSE OF THE WORD. Solutions for food security should consider environmental, economic, political and cultural factors. This means making the required investments in infrastructure, technology, and community development. And, it means empowering women, who make up the majority of smallholder farmers, and educating and inspiring young people to be future farmers and nutritionists.
DuPont and its collaborators are working to create solutions to the challenges of food security. Increasing food quantity, improving food quality and reducing food waste will make a significant impact on people’s lives and livelihoods. Our consistent presence along the food value chain allows us to holistically address the complex set of issues and vulnerabilities – country by country – that together define food security.