Pedro Sanchez, director of the Agriculture and Food Security Center at Columbia University’s Earth Institute and 2002 World Food Prize laureate, believes that we must look to private businesses for food security solutions. Government programs can’t “scale up” the way the private sector can. The Advisory Committee on Agricultural Innovation & Productivity 2014 report addresses this very real need. Find the report here.
Yesterday, Pamela Chitenhe, DuPont Pioneer regional director, Africa, delivered her keynote at the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA) and the Corporate Council on Africa World Forum. DuPont was a premiere sponsor of the Forum in Cape Town, South Africa, which attracted over 300 registrants from academia, business and industry, as well as NGOs and students from around the globe.
“There is an unprecedented need for talented and highly skilled individuals with the desire to make a global impact. The need to recruit young people as farmers, agronomists, scientists and ag entrepreneurs is linked directly to Africa’s food security and long term development,” Chitenhe said.
At the Forum, representatives from the Economist Intelligence Unit hosted a workshop featuring the Global Food Security Index, commissioned by DuPont. This interactive session gave participants a first-hand look at the Index and uncovered possibilities for putting the Index to work in research and coursework, decision making and planning.
Carlman Moyo, commercial director, Sub-Saharan Africa Sub-Region DuPont Nutrition & Health, and Government Affairs and Agriculture Development director for DuPont Pioneer Africa, had the opportunity to speak with CNBC about DuPont’s commitment to ensuring food security and safety around the world. Thad Simons, IFAMA Board President, was also interviewed.
DuPont Turkey recently hosted a Sustainable Agriculture and Food Summit in Instanbul. This meeting corresponded with the launch of the 2014 Global Food Security Index.
The Index is the first to examine food security comprehensively across the three internationally established dimensions – affordability, availability, and quality and safety. Moreover, the study looks beyond hunger to the underlying factors affecting food insecurity.
The infographic below shows a selection of Turkey’s scores. Look online to learn more and explore all 109 countries included in the Index, and download the model for the most robust data.