Over the past 50 years, Nigeria has transitioned from strong agricultural producer to a leading importer of food. In order to address the needs of its growing population, Nigeria began investing in its agricultural infrastructure through market driven initiatives. These efforts will save $254 billion Naira yearly, while creating millions of new jobs. To learn more about the state of food and nutrition security, see the 2014 report update from the Advisory Committee on Agricultural Innovation & Productivity.
Pedro A. Sanchez, a member of the DuPont Advisory Committee on Agriculture Innovation and Productivity, penned an oped for The Hill. An excerpt:
We are all too familiar with the many obstacles standing in the way of feeding the world by 2050, while facing both undernutrition and escalating rates of overnutrition. In fact, often times the challenge seems quite daunting. But, despite the global food and nutrition security challenge we’re facing, I’m hopeful.
I’m hopeful about our progress and the direction we’re headed. But, I’m most hopeful about untapping Africa’s tremendous potential to curb global hunger and poverty – it’s a game changer.
Sanchez serves as director of the Agriculture and Food Security Center at Columbia University’s Earth Institute. He is the 2002 World Food Prize laureate, a 2004 MacArthur Fellow, and was elected as member of the National Academy of Science in 2012. He was co-chair of the United Nations Millennium Project Hunger Task Force and director of the Millennium Villages Project from 2004 to 2010.
Lystra Antoine, global director, Sustainable Agriculture Development at DuPont, recently joined the Global Harvest Initiative (GHI) Board of Directors. GHI is the first private-sector organization to undertake the challenge of sustainably increasing agricultural productivity to meet the needs of over nine billion people by 2050. GHI members include DuPont, John Deere, Monsanto and IBM. GHI believes the right policies can improve global food and nutrition security, accelerate productivity gains, and conserve natural resources.
Each year GHI releases its cornerstone Global Agricultural Productivity Report™ (GAP Report™), which measures the yearly progress agriculture is making to feed the world. GHI works closely with the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Farm Foundation to develop this report.
“We share a common commitment to increasing agricultural productivity in a way that is both sustainable and reduces hunger and poverty for millions of small scale farmers and producers along the value chain.” Antoine said. “Through collaboration, we contribute a unified voice to drive policy discussions forward. Involving the private sector helps mobilize new sources of insight and investments to improve agriculture as future demand is rising for food, fiber, feed and fuel.”
Antoine discusses her fascination with all things agriculture and economic development while providing keen perspectives on the biggest obstacles the world faces in meeting the needs of a growing population on the GHI blog. Click here to read the feature article.
To learn more about GHI, visit http://www.globalharvestinitiative.org/.