Investment in women farmers is essential to progress global food security. Female farmers comprise of approximately 43 percent of the agricultural workforce in developing insecure nations. However, only 5 percent have access to agricultural extension services. Through collaboration with academics, policy makers and food security experts, women farmers can gain access the latest technologies and education to improve their livelihoods. To learn more about the state of food and nutrition security, stay tuned for the 2014 report update from the Advisory Committee on Agricultural Innovation & Productivity on May 20th.
Lystra Antoine, DuPont Pioneer director for agriculture development, addressed the inaugural session of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) 2020 conference, “Building Resilience for Food and Nutrition Security” May 15-17, 2014, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
“We must scale up successful efforts, publish success stories, and replicate our efforts until no one is left behind and food and nutritional security is achieved, especially for the vulnerable – our women, children and youth.” Lystra Antoine
DuPont Pioneer was a sponsor of the IFPRI conference. More information at http://www.2020resilience.ifpri.info
World Forum furthers critical food security collaborations with businesses, NGOs, academics and students — the next generation of agribusiness innovators — from around the globe.
During the week of June 15, 2014, over 500 students, academic, government and business leaders are expected to gather at in Cape Town, South Africa for the World Food and Agribusiness Forum in South Africa. Responding to Africa’s agriculture and agribusiness surge, the Forum will address the region’s enormous growth potential, which requires that the agribusiness industry also expand. The Forum will be jointly presented by the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA) and The Corporate Council on Africa (CCA).
Thad Simons, President of IFAMA, comments: “People feed the world and, as agribusiness leaders, it is our responsibility to develop future generations of talent passionate about creating and implementing solutions that will ensure we can overcome the food security challenges in Africa and beyond. We believe that partnerships made through the World Forum – between academics, government and the private sector – are foundational to success. Today we are delighted to announce DuPont as a premier supporter of the World Forum.”
The overarching framework for the Forum is People Feed the World, a view that aligns closely with DuPont’s commitment to food and nutrition security. Jim Borel, DuPont executive vice president, says, “Our sponsorship of the IFAMA World Forum provides an opportunity to collaborate with other leaders in the agriculture industry and with students — a truly unique setting.”
This is the second year DuPont has been a premiere sponsor of IFAMA. Learn more about the Forum online and watch for updates about related activities.