Sustainability in Food

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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

Food Security Goals 2020 – DuPont Report Published

With the recent release of its new Sustainability Report, DuPont announced it has achieved most of its 2015 sustainability goals three years ahead of schedule and have made substantial progress toward the rest.

Included in the report are the goals set in 2012 to focus the company’s work on food security between now and 2020. “Our scientists are developing new ways to produce nutritious and affordable food in ways that are more sustainable for our environment and natural resources,” said Linda J. Fisher, vice president and chief sustainability officer. “We’re investing more than $3 million each day on research and development to this end. More importantly, we included a food security goal committing us to expand our engagement with young people around the world to build knowledge and enthusiasm for growing food and feeding the planet in a sustainable way.”

DuPont Food Security Goals

DuPont’s 2012 progress toward its 2020 Food Security Goals.

Read the entire 2013 Sustainability Report.

See how today’s food security challenge requires tomorrow’s leaders:

Watch Linda Fisher on the role of science and sustainability in achieving food security:

The DuPont Food Goals were also mentioned in a presentation made by Ellen Kullman, DuPont chair and CEO, at the World Food Prize Symposium in October.

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