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DuPont CEO Provides Point of View on Global Food Security at World Economic Forum

DuPont Chair and Chief Executive Officer Ellen Kullman participated in a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting on Thursday, Jan. 23, to discuss what environmental, societal and economic forces are reshaping the global context for food security.

The discussion focused on changing climate and weather patterns, addressing demands of an emerging global middle class and strengthening efficient agricultural value chains.

“Food security is a global challenge where DuPont is using its scientific capabilities to address. We have transformed our portfolio to put greater emphasis on delivering higher growth, higher value offerings for the agriculture and nutrition industries,” Kullman said. “DuPont has a unique vantage point on food security because we have innovations across the full value chain, allowing us to holistically address the challenge of feeding the growing global population. Improving agricultural productivity, providing food and nutrition solutions and finding ways to protect food and reduce waste are all part of our strategy.”

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2014 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting panel: moderated by Administrator of USAID, Rajiv J. Shah; Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Nigeria, Adesina Akinwumi Ayodeji; DuPont Chair and Chief Executive Officer, Ellen Kullman; Chairman of Bharat Krishak Samaj, Ajay Vir Jakhar; and Group Chief Executive Officer of Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd., Michel M. Liès.

Kullman said the company’s strategy has enabled DuPont to focus on innovative technologies and collaborations to understand and adapt to changing growing conditions globally. There have been a variety of public/private partnerships that indicate willingness to collaborate across sectors for impact – including a growing collaboration between DuPont and USAID in Africa. This partnership aims to enhance incomes of more than 35,000 smallholder maize farmers and scale up network for seed distribution in three years.

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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.

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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.

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