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USAID and DuPont Announce Commitment to Increase Farmer Productivity and Food and Nutrition Security

On the margins of the World Economic Forum at DAVOS, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and DuPont formally announced a joint agreement to deepen efforts to reduce global hunger and poverty by enabling smallholder farmers access to proven, safe, and transformative agricultural innovations. Signed by USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah and DuPont Executive Vice President James C. Borel at the World Economic Forum, the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) delivers on commitments made through the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition and builds on a strong history of partnership between DuPont, USAID, university partners, the private sector, and NGOs.

DuPont USAID agreement

DuPont Executive Vice President James C. Borel and USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah signed an MOU to help sustainably increase smallholder farmers’ yields and income potential while also improving nutrition outcomes over the next five years.

“We know that by improving smallholder farmers’ access to key tools and technologies, we can help ensure they have the opportunities to participate in increasingly global markets,” said Dr. Shah. “Better productivity, easier market access, and higher incomes lead to less poverty and improved nutrition. This is the vision that drives USAID’s leadership of Feed the Future and our ongoing contributions to the New Alliance.”

The USAID and DuPont MOU builds upon a partnership where in places like Ethiopia and Ghana we are working together to improve the maize value chain to improve the productivity and income of at least 35,000 smallholder farmers in each country through the adoption of new technologies. Additionally, Asia and Latin America are also earmarked for initiatives.

This new collaboration with USAID marks a significant milestone in DuPont’s commitment to food security – which includes product innovation, engaging and educating youth, and improving livelihoods of farmers and their rural communities.

“For DuPont, this global MOU with USAID helps us to jointly capitalize on synergies between the DuPont science, technological and market capabilities with USAID’s development achievements, credibility and monitoring and evaluation expertise,” said Borel.

For additional information about DuPont and its commitment to inclusive innovation, please visit

To learn more about Feed the Future, visit For more on USAID: Follow the latest at @FeedtheFuture @USAID @rajshah #WEF14

Details: USAID and DuPont MoU

Details: USAID and DuPont MoU

Choose Your Challenge: The DuPont Challenge Science Essay Competition

As the world population continues to grow and become more connected than ever, The DuPont Challenge asks students to consider our most important challenges by researching and writing a 700-1,000-word science essay in one of the four categories:

  • Together, we can feed the world.
  • Together, we can build a secure energy future.
  • Together, we can protect people and the environment.
  • Together, we can be innovative anywhere.

The first three categories reflect the global challenges on which DuPont as a company focuses its efforts. The fourth category opens up possibilities for students to address other important topics, using scientific research to solve issues that can range from medicine and health to mathematical computation to any science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) topic that students are passionate about.

Challenge #1: Food
Together, we can feed the world. Ensuring that enough healthy, nutritious food is available for people everywhere is one of the most critical challenges facing humanity.

Essays are due by January 31, 2014. Learn more about the essay competition.

Visit the official DuPont website to learn more about how the company addresses these global challenges. Or get inspired with videos from DuPont on solving the world’s greatest challenges together.

Connecting with Africa’s Future Leaders in Agriculture

Africa Youth Development Program Participants Visit US

In 2011, DuPont committed $2 million to the National 4-H Council for its Leadership Institute and Enterprise Gardens program.  4-H dedicated the funds to helping African youth create sustainable livelihoods and improve household and national food security for people across the continent.  In December 2013, two students and a teacher who participated in the Kenya-based program visited DuPont headquarters in Wilmington, Del., to visit with DuPont leaders and tour the facilities. Read more about their visit.

Investing in Women in Agriculture:Collaboration with African Women In Agricultural Research And Development (AWARD) Organization

Also in December, DuPont Pioneer hosted the first two researchers to benefit from the DuPont collaboration with the African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) Organization. Previously, DuPont committed to annually host at least two AWARD Fellows in its global laboratories for up to nine months over a four-year period.

The two AWARD Fellows are Felister Mbute Nzuve, from Kenya and Grace Nakabonge, from Uganda. During their two-day visit to Pioneer headquarters in Johnston, Iowa, the Fellows each delivered a presentation focused on their research concentration areas and research attachment experience at DuPont to date.  They also met with key leaders and groups across Pioneer.

AWARD Fellows

Pictured: AWARD Fellows, Grace Nakabonge (left) and Felister Mbute Nzuve (right) with DuPont Pioneer President, Paul Schickler

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