Feed the Future supports the Heat Tolerant Maize for Asia (HTMA) project, a public-private alliance that targets poor farmers in South Asia whose crops are vulnerable to weather extremes and climate change. By developing and deploying heat-resilient, hybrid (i.e. produced by cross-pollinated plants) varieties of maize, the project gives these farmers a chance to thrive in the face of increasingly volatile weather conditions.
One of the project’s strategies for increasing the scale of heat-resilient maize varieties is to link up with companies that are already established among farming communities and local markets, such as DuPont Pioneer. These private sector partners give HTMA greater access to regional marketing networks, vastly increasing the project’s reach and impact.
Read the full article, available in the Feed the Future January newsletter.
Feed the Future, the US government’s global hunger and food security initiative managed through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), supports countries in developing their own agriculture sectors to generate opportunities for economic growth and trade, particularly for smallholder farmers, many of whom are women. DuPont is pleased to partner with USAID and its Feed the Future program as we collectively aim to address the issue of global food and nutrition security.
The World Food Security Summit at the Gulfood 2015 highlighted the role of the private sector in tackling food security challenges and developing strategies to encourage alliances and initiatives. The summit also discussed agricultural development and ways in which multinational organizations can help reduce food wastage.
Yesterday at the Dubai-based conference, Amin Khayyal, general manager, DuPont United Arab Emirates, participated in the panel discussion, Increasing the Involvement of Corporates in Resolving Food Security Challenges.
“DuPont is committed to driving food security efforts locally, sustainably and collaboratively with customers, business partners, governments and public-private partnerships to address these challenges.”
During his address, Khayyal highlighted DuPont’s commitment to finding local solutions to reduce food waste.
“Building on local extreme temperatures, sustainable logistics play a key role for waste reduction. Collaborating with one of the leading local airlines freight services, we use science to meet these challenges. Products like DuPont™ Tyvek® help to control temperature spikes during air transit and protect perishable shipments.” Watch a video about this solution here.
International Green Week (IGW) in Berlin, the world’s largest consumer fair for agriculture, food, nutrition and gardening, wrapped up on Jan. 25. This week-long event attracted more than 415,000 visitors and 1,658 exhibitors from almost 70 countries on no less than 130,000 square meters. About 200 top-ranking politicians, among them 70 agricultural ministers from all continents, visited the exhibition grounds.
The IGW features thousands of international foods, experts’ panels and people experiencing remote controlled tractors. In agribusiness, the IGW is the world’s leading fair, a platform for dialogue and collaboration. It is where consumers and industry professionals can bridge the gap and engage in constructive conversations.
I invite you to join the global collaboratory!
For DuPont, the event is an opportunity to explore agribusiness trends and discuss challenges in food production that are solved on a regular basis. Gert Keiner with DuPont Sustainable Solutions presented the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Food Security Index in an experts’ panel on water resources. Collaboration was in the air at IGW, and the closing line of Keiner’s presentation put it in a nutshell: “I invite you to join the global collaboratory!”