On November 7, food security expert and Professor at Imperial College, Sir Gordon Conway, wrote an article featured on the Huffington Post about his travels to an Iowan farm. Despite drought and challenges posed by climate change, farmers in Iowa are using adaptive farming methods and DuPont Pioneer seeds for future success.
On October 17, DuPont announced a new feature to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) Global Food Security Index, the Price Adjustment Factor. The new tool captures the food-security-related impact of changing food prices and income growth on a quarterly basis. According to the EIU, the new tool did reveal a slight decline in food security globally. Watch the video below to hear what our panel discussion made up of former President of Heifer InternationalJo Luck, Pedro Sanchez, the Director at the Tropical Agriculture & the Rural Environment Program at The Earth Institute from Columbia University, Executive Vice President of DuPont, Jim Borel, and Leo Abruzzese, the Director of Global Forecasting at the EIU had to say about the new feature.
The farmer who will feed the world in 2050 is 13 years old today, and with fewer and fewer children interested in taking over their family farms, we need to find new ways to get them excited about being part of the solution to world hunger.
That’s the message DuPont Pioneer President Paul Schickler continues to share, especially last week in Indianapolis as 52,000 youth and teachers were welcomed to the 85th annual National FFA Convention & Expo to stimulate and promote agriculture education and careers.
As part of its goal to engage and educate youth, DuPont Pioneer also presented $80,000 in grants to state FFA Foundations in Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota (pictures are below). FFA Foundations across the U.S. support leadership development and education for students throughout agriculture to fight global hunger.