Today, the Economist Intelligence Unit released an update to its Global Food Security Index, commissioned by DuPont. The latest food price adjustment factor update to the Index shows that global food prices dropped by 2.9 percent last quarter due to falling grain prices. Food security was also enhanced slightly due to an overall rise in global incomes. Food Security increased in virtually every country during the last quarter in 2012, but our work is far from complete, as nearly 20% of people in the most undernourished countries still do not get enough calories in their diets. The price volatility of food remains a real threat to millions on a daily basis.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today with Ethiopia and DuPont to boost maize harvests through increased use of hybrid maize seed, improved seed distribution, and post-harvest storage.
Maize is a significant contributor to Ethiopia’s economic and social development, providing jobs, income and food. This collaboration will help more than 30,000 smallholder maize farmers increase their productivity by up to 50 percent and help reduce post-harvest loss of maize by as much as 20 percent.
“Ensuring people everywhere have enough food to eat will require sustainable, local solutions and collaboration at new levels,” said James C. Borel, Executive Vice President of DuPont. “The USAID and DuPont collaboration with the Government of Ethiopia marks a significant step forward toward improved productivity of Ethiopian maize farmers through enhanced agronomic practices and inputs.”
DuPont, USAID and the Ethiopia government sign MoU in Davos, Switzerland. Pictured left to right: Khalid Bomba, CEO of the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA); James C. Borel, executive vice president of DuPont; Dr. Rajiv Shah, administrator of USAID.
As we continue our look back at 2012, we are re-sharing some of our videos that highlight the DuPont food security story.
Global Food Security Index
This summer, the Economist Intelligence Unit, in partnership with DuPont, launched the Global Food Security Index. The Index is a tool that is already promoting collaboration, generating insights and stimulating action needed to feed a growing global population. The Index measures vulnerabilities at the root level in more than 100 countries, gauging affordability, availability and nutritional quality and safety. Learn more about the Index and food security in your country.
4-H Planting Seeds of the Future
With support from DuPont, Global 4-H has launched agricultural leadership institutes in five African countries to engage and train youth about agriculture. Learn how 4-H impacts farming in the United States and abroad.
At DuPont, we’re putting science to work to improve the nutritional value of food, ensuring food safety, and finding smart, sustainable solutions to feed a growing population.
Unique Food Packaging Solutions
DuPont resin, Surlyn, and other packaging innovations maintain food safety, providing new ways to bring nutrition to food insecure regions. See how our partner, MixPack brings milk to Chihuahua, Mexico.
Science at its Best
Unlike other farmers in the area, Zeka Twoboy experienced an abundant harvest despite difficult growing conditions in Malawi. See how his experience with DuPont Pioneer seeds inspired him to travel 400 kilometers to share his story.