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Progress on DuPont 2020 Food Security Goals announced

Addressing more than 1,000 international leaders at the World Food Prize 2013 Norman Borlaug Dialogue, DuPont Chair and CEO Ellen Kullman announced progress made in the first year of the company’s 2020 food security goals to address global hunger challenges. Established in 2012, DuPont’s food security goals – targeting innovation, education and rural community development – are an outgrowth of its long-standing sustainability goals focused on the environment.

“In our first year of the food security goals we allocated resources and attention to bring new innovations to the market, to engage the next generation of food leaders, and to build up the communities that are home to the world’s farmers,” Kullman said. “These goals are a catalyst for collaboration, innovation and, most importantly, action. What gets measured gets done.”

Progress made in the first year of the DuPont food security goals include:

Innovating to Feed the World: Invested $1.2 billion of the $10 billion research and development commitment in 2012 and introduced more than 1,000 new products of the 4,000 products goal centered on producing more food; enhancing nutrition, food and agriculture sustainability and safety; boosting food availability and shelf life; and reducing waste;

Engaging and Educating Youth: Worked with 360,000 youth globally – contributing to the goal of 2 million youth engagements around the world in educational opportunities; and

Improving Rural Communities: Engaged with more than 160,000 smallholder farmers with the goal of improving the livelihoods of at least 3 million farmers and their rural communities through targeted collaboration and investments that strengthen agricultural systems and make food more available, nutritious and culturally appropriate by 2020. This does not account for the work already being done to enhance the lives of hundreds of millions of farmers through normal DuPont business practices.


The goals in action:

Working with Smallholder Dairy Farmers

Improving rural communities starts with improving the livelihoods of farm families. To support this goal, DuPont is working closely with small farmers in Latin America to reduce milk waste at dairy farms, and to help them produce quality cheese more consistently and hygienically. DuPont™ Danisco® Marschall® brand rennet is a complex enzyme in a simple tablet form that modifies milk protein to form a curd and make cheese. Local DuPont employees work collaboratively with Latin America farmers to implement this technology on their smallholder operations to bring stability and profitability to rural regions.

Growing the Future Generation in Africa

Growth and sustainability of the food supply will rely on the next generation of producers, scientists, extension agents and food leaders. We are collaborating with non-profit organizations like 4-H in Africa, along with universities and governments to ensure we meet our target of 3 million youth engagements by 2020. DuPont is working with 4-H to engage youth in five African countries to build the skill and will to contribute to addressing the food security challenge. Programs include a Leadership Institute for adult 4-H leaders and enterprise gardens for building hands on farming and business training for youth. More than 14,000 youth were impacted in 2012. Learn more about the Global 4-H Network.

A Sustainable Food System: What it is, what it is not

Editorial by: Gert Keiner, Food Industry Segment Leader Europe, Middle East, and Africa – DuPont

How to get sustainable food systems? Ingredients can be sustainable, but that’s not the only answer. Higher yield alone isn’t the right answer. Even government isn’t. There is no one solution. Collaboration is what makes it a food system, and collaboration must drive innovation to make the whole more sustainable than the individual players and their contributions could. As DuPont plays a part in most steps of the agriculture and food chain, we’re particularly committed to this collaboration. Today is World Food Day, and it is “an opportunity to help bring about the future we want.” To get there together, it’s important to lay out what a sustainable food system is, and what it is not.

As the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) says, a food system is made up of the environment, people, institutions, and processes, and it’s what it takes to get food to all of us. And with the global population growing as it is, the systems we use to produce, process, and bring agricultural products to consumers simply must be sustainable.

One common tendency is to think that the answer is local food—shopping close to home, going to a small market. Local systems can sometimes be efficient, but it is not only about eating within a certain radius. Sustainability needs efficiency, and efficiency is really about getting the most out of what you put in. With a global hunger problem, local systems are just one part of the interconnected efforts needed to make sure we can continue producing nutritious food for the future.

For a global system, the collaboration must be global. It’s the way we solve challenges that needs to be rooted in the local reality… Read the rest of this editorial here.
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Enough: Our Fight for a Food Secure Tomorrow

Simmons Previews New White Paper at World Food Prize Side Event

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) 2013 Borlaug CAST Communication Award recipient, Jeff Simmons, President of Elanco, spoke at a morning event in conjunction with the World Food Prize Symposium in Des Moines, Iowa. Recipients of this annual award are science/agriculture experts who demonstrate an ability to communicate by written material, public presentations, and various forms of media.

At a morning reception, Simmons previewed his new white paper, Enough: Our Fight for a Food Secure Tomorrow

Simmons laid down a challenge in his reception speech: “Food security is solvable. Unlike many of our world’s challenges, there are clear solutions. There is a window of opportunity to meet the challenge. We have enough time—just enough—if we act now.”

Visit the CAST website for updated information about the award, presentation, and Simmons’ paper.

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