According to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, giving women the same access to productive resources as men could increase yields on their farms by 20-30 percent and lift 100-150 million people out of hunger.
One rural woman, Martha Kanengoni, shows that this can be done – one woman at a time. Today we celebrate her as she embodies the spirit of International Rural Women’s Day and contributes to ending global hunger and rural poverty. Martha Kanengoni is no ordinary African rural woman. She and her husband, Stanley Dzingayi, have achieved remarkable farming success in Zimbabwe. On their seven-hectare farm in Gokwe, 338 kilometers from Zimbabwe’s capital Harare, they have achieved yields of 7.5-tons per hectare, compared to the Sub-Saharan Africa average maize yield of less than 2-tons per hectare.
farmer Martha Kanengoni of Zimbabwe
Since 2003, Martha and Stanley have grown DuPont Pioneer maize hybrids and applied improved agronomic practices. This move increased their maize yields six-fold, and they were recently named winners in DuPont Pioneer’s National Farming Competition in Zimbabwe.
Martha and Stanley are role models to other farmers in their village where they share their knowledge on improved farming technologies. During this week’s World Food Prize 2012 Borlaug Dialogue, Martha and Stanley will talk about their farming experiences and observations about access to farm management information with farmers, stakeholders and media as part of the Truth about Trade and Technology’s Global Farmer Roundtable. The Roundtable was established to extend the legacy of Dr. Norman Borlaug’s work that challenged the world’s farmers to collaborate – learning from each other by sharing their collective experiences, wisdom and knowledge.
Look for more posts from the World Food Prize this week!
Last week, DuPont hosted a Global Collaboratory in Jakarta, Indonesia, which focused on bridging the nutrition gap in that country. The panel discussion, moderated by BBC World News host Adam Shaw, brought together Indonesian officials, business and thought leaders to share their ideas on how we can collaborate and address the challenge of feeding Indonesia.
“Indonesia is at a turning point in its development. This is the time to make the choices that will ensure food security for its inhabitants broadly and sustainably,” said Brian Jones, regional president, Asia Pacific for DuPont Nutrition & Health. “And while the challenge starts in the field, it ends at tables across Indonesia where families sit down to eat. Only by joining forces through collaboration will we succeed in addressing the challenges of feeding our planet, adequately and sustainably,” Jones concluded.
At this event Jim Borel added, “We cannot achieve food security absent genuine sustainability that encompasses how food is produced, how it gets to market, and how it is served on our plates”.
Have you lived in or visited Indonesia? What locally inspired sustainability solutions are you most excited to learn more about?
World Teachers’ Day, held annually on October 5th, celebrates teachers around the world. Established by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1994, this day is dedicated to supporting teachers globally by providing adequate training, ongoing professional development, and protection for teachers’ rights.
Earlier this year, DuPont set three sizable goals to help world hunger and ensure food security. One of these goals addresses engaging and educating youth. By the end of 2020, DuPont plans to facilitate 2 million engagements with young people around the world to help provide innovative, science-based solutions to one of the world’s most critical challenges.
Do you have any plans to celebrate World Teachers’ Day today? Share your ideas in the comments below.