Sustainability in Food

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#WFD2014 – Preventing Food Loss and Waste

The statistics are staggering. Under nutrition is a factor in more than a third of the deaths of all children under age 5. One-third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year – approximately 1.3 billion tons – is lost or wasted. Today, World Food Day continues to raise awareness about hunger around the world.

Ensuring that enough healthy, nutritious food is available for people everywhere is one of the most critical challenges facing humanity. At DuPont, food security is at the heart of our priorities. We are committed to being part of the conversation, building collaborations with businesses, non-profit organizations and governments, and working with local farmers and food producers from around the globe.

Packaging’s ability to help reduce food loss and waste was a recent topic of discussion at the opening day of the PAC Packaging Consortium’s “A Day in the Life” symposium. DuPont Packaging and Global Marketing Director, Yasmin Siddiqi, concluded her keynote with a question to the packaging professionals in attendance: “What’s holding back our efforts to reduce food waste?”  Find out the results of the exit poll here.

In alignment with the World Food Day 2014 theme, Family Farming: Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth, the FAO collected a series of essays offering different points of view about the impact and potential of family farming. Be sure to visit the event website to read the Perspectives essays and find events in your area.

2014 Borlaug Dialogue – Sustainably Feeding 9 Billion by 2050

Today, The World Food Prize convenes its 2014 Borlaug Dialogue, an international symposium that brings together in Des Moines, Iowa, agricultural leaders from around the world. This year, the Dialogue is addressing, The Greatest Challenge in Human History: Can We Sustainably Feed the 9 Billion People on Our Planet by Year 2050? 

Dupont_hero_homepageThe symposium will highlight the potential of agriculture intensification and innovation to improve the livelihood of smallholder farmers. The 2014 Laureate is Dr. Sanjaya Rajaram, for his scientific research that led to an increase in world wheat production.

All main stage plenary sessions will be webcast live on The World Food Prize website,

A Few Highlights

Wed., Oct. 15

Dr. Leo Abruzzese, Global Forecasting Director and Director of Public Policy with the Economist Intelligence Unit, will join Sir Gordon Conway, Professor of International Development with the Imperial College of London, as he hosts the session, Critical Factors in Meeting the Greatest Challenge, at 1:15 pm CT.   

Thurs., Oct. 16

Dr. Ruth Oniang’o, Chair of the Saskawa Africa Association, will participate in a 7 a.m. session, No Ordinary Matter: A Prelude to a Montpellier Panel Report on Enhancing Africa’s Soils. Oniang’o, a Montpellier Panel member and member of the DuPont Advisory Committee on Agriculture Innovation and Productivity, joins other experts from the Montpellier Panel and from soil sciences for this morning discussion.

Dr. Pedro Sanchez, 2002 World Food Prize Laureate, Director of Agriculture and Food Security Center, Earth Institute at Columbia University and member of the DuPont Advisory Committee on Agriculture Innovation and Productivity, is moderating a panel of five guests starting at 8 a.m., Soil Health & the Fertilizer Gap. Joining Sanchez on this panel is another member of the Advisory Board, Dr.  Ruth Oniang’o.

DuPont Pioneer President, Paul Schickler, will participate in a panel discussion on day two of the symposium at 10:30 a.m. CT, Focus on Africa: Policy and Partnerships. Moderating this session is Dr. Lindiwe Majele Sabanda Chief Executive Officer and Head of Mission, Food Agriculture and Nature Resources Policy Analysis Network

International Day of Rural Women – the Key to Food Security

According to the United Nations, women comprise approximately 43 percent the agricultural work force in developing countries. Yet as noted the a recent report by the DuPont Advisory Committee on Agricultural Innovation and Productivity, Measuring Global Progress Toward Food Security and Nutrition Security, only 15 percent of extension agents are women and only 5 percent of women have access to extension services. Today we commemorate the United Nations International Day of Rural Women and it’s a good reminder that when we address the needs of rural women farmers we’re helping to solve the challenge of food security.


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