Sustainability in Food

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Food protection and increased food security through better packaging

It is estimated that more than one-third of food produced today is lost or wasted. Once food is produced, its containers are the first line of defense against damage and spoilage resulting in costly waste. DuPont works with local packaging technologists around the world —including India, Africa, China and the U.S. — to develop custom resin applications for food protection that meet specific market needs, maximize freshness and stability and reduce waste.

The DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation is the industry’s longest-running, global, independently judged celebration of innovation and collaboration throughout the value chain. Each year a panel awards honors based on excellence in one or all of three categories: Innovation; Sustainability; and Cost/Waste Reduction.

2013 DuPont Packaging Awards

2013 DuPont Packaging Award winners

See all the 2013 Packaging Award Winners.

As part of its recent quarter-century celebration, DuPont highlighted past winners whose breakthrough projects ushered in significant societal change and looked ahead at how packaging can shape society’s future.

Packaging Award Breakthroughs

Advancing food security in Ethiopia – Production and seed storage plant opened

On May 17, DuPont opened a state-of-the-art seed processing plant and large capacity storage warehouse at Menagasha, Ethiopia, to meet the increasing demand for Pioneer® brand seed.

Pioneer warehouse opening in ethiopia

This is the first project evolving from DuPont collaborative initiatives in Ethiopia that will help boost maize productivity among smallholder farmers and help increase food production for local communities. The investment will total more than U.S. $4 million over the next three years.

“DuPont is committed to collaboratively tackling global food security challenges and we are honored to work with USAID (United States Agency for International Development) and the government of Ethiopia to significantly increase productivity for maize farmers here,” said DuPont Executive Vice President James Borel, during the DuPont Pioneer seed production plant opening in Menagesha.

DuPont is collaborating with the Government of Ethiopia and USAID to advance the agricultural development and food security goals set by the Government of Ethiopia. This collaboration, termed the Advanced Maize Seed Adoption Program (AMSAP), will provide sample seed to demonstration plots and field training sessions. It will also build a network of farmer dealers and the current cooperatives to advance the use and acceptance of high-quality inputs and production techniques. The AMSAP also includes the facilitation of credit and grants for the construction of seed and post-harvest storage facilities.


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DuPont Launches Collaborative Initiatives in Ethiopia to Help Farmers Produce More Food and Improve Post-Harvest Grain Storage

USAID program information

Feed the Future Initiative

Global Food Security Improved in the First Quarter

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) released the latest food Price Adjustment Factor update to the Global Food Security Index (GFSI) on May 21, 2013. Conducted on a quarterly basis, the first quarter 2013 analysis shows that personal income globally rose faster than food prices in the first quarter of 2013, boosting food security and pointing to continued improvements later in the year.

Global Food Security Index

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