Charlotte Hebebrand, director general of the International Fertilizer Industry Association, discusses the complexity of food security. It’s no longer just a question of quantity of food for growing global populations, but a question of quality, too. The DuPont Advisory Committee on Agricultural Innovation & Productivity continues to call for greater emphasis on nutrition and health as part of addressing the issues of food security. Find the report here.
Over the past 50 years, Nigeria has transitioned from strong agricultural producer to a leading importer of food. In order to address the needs of its growing population, Nigeria began investing in its agricultural infrastructure through market driven initiatives. These efforts will save $254 billion Naira yearly, while creating millions of new jobs. To learn more about the state of food and nutrition security, see the 2014 report update from the Advisory Committee on Agricultural Innovation & Productivity.
Pedro A. Sanchez, a member of the DuPont Advisory Committee on Agriculture Innovation and Productivity, penned an oped for The Hill. An excerpt:
We are all too familiar with the many obstacles standing in the way of feeding the world by 2050, while facing both undernutrition and escalating rates of overnutrition. In fact, often times the challenge seems quite daunting. But, despite the global food and nutrition security challenge we’re facing, I’m hopeful.
I’m hopeful about our progress and the direction we’re headed. But, I’m most hopeful about untapping Africa’s tremendous potential to curb global hunger and poverty – it’s a game changer.
Sanchez serves as director of the Agriculture and Food Security Center at Columbia University’s Earth Institute. He is the 2002 World Food Prize laureate, a 2004 MacArthur Fellow, and was elected as member of the National Academy of Science in 2012. He was co-chair of the United Nations Millennium Project Hunger Task Force and director of the Millennium Villages Project from 2004 to 2010.