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.
Read the full opinion piece here.
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/.
Jim Borel, DuPont executive vice president, took the stage at the DuPont Food Pavilion earlier today at the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis. Borel’s address focused on food security and farming.
“Thank you to Indiana farmers,” said Borel. “Thank you for helping us address food security at all levels here in Indiana and around the world.”
Borel continued, “I feel optimistic because of the energy and passion young people bring to agriculture.”
DuPont has set sizable goals to help end world hunger and ensure food security that are achievable by 2020. Learn more about the goals online.