Sustainability in Food

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The Next Global Breadbasket, Latin America & Food Security

Recently, the Global Harvest Initiative (GHI) released a report, The Next Global Breadbasket: How Latin America Can Feed the World, which reviews the potential of increasing sustainable ag in the region.

In the report, GHI in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank, outlines the potential that exists across the Latin America and the Caribbean region for a more productive and environmentally sustainable ag system, the obstacles and challenges that stand in the way of realizing that potential, and how private and public sectors can move forward together.

Included in the paper, how DuPont is working with smallholder dairy farmers in Latin America to reduce milk waste at dairy farms and to help them produce quality cheese more consistently and hygienically. DuPont™ Danisco® Marschall® brand rennet is a complex enzyme in a simple tablet form that modifies milk protein to form a curd and make cheese. Local DuPont employees work collaboratively with Latin American farmers to implement this technology on their smallholder operations to bring stability and profitability to rural regions.

DuPont is proud to support the Global Harvest Initiative as it pursues solutions to feed the world.

Global Food Security Declines As Food Prices Increase

Poor weather and geopolitical concerns are key factors, along with a 7.5 percent increase in cereals prices

Q1_2014PAF_graphicFood security fell in nearly 70 percent of countries in the first quarter of 2014 as the global price of grains, sugar and other farm commodities rose at the fastest pace in 18 months, according to The Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) Global Food Security Index (GFSI).

“Food prices jumped in February and March as the political crisis in Ukraine, an important grain producer, worsened,” said Leo Abruzzese, Global Forecasting Director for the EIU. “We haven’t seen much in the way of actual supply disruptions yet, but market prices move quickly on any hint of risk. Food prices have also been pushed higher by dry conditions in some key growing regions around the world.”

The Index, commissioned by DuPont to deepen the dialogue on food security, is prepared annually and evaluates the affordability, availability and quality of food across 107 countries. Each quarter, the Index is adjusted to reflect the impact of global food price fluctuations on each country’s food security. The adjustment is based, in part, on the quarter-on-quarter price change in the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) food commodity basket; prices climbed 3.4 percent in the three months ended March 2014 from the prior quarter.

Key Findings

  • Rising global food prices pushed down food security for more than two-thirds of countries in the first quarter of 2014.
  • Sugar and cereals prices rose the most over the past quarter, increasing by 8.1% and 7.5%, respectively.
  • Geopolitical concerns contributed to rising wheat and corn prices.

 Read the full update and learn more about the Index online,

U.S. Global Development Lab to Help End Extreme Poverty by 2030 Launched

GlobalDevLab_Apr012014_smThe U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced today the establishment of the U.S. Global Development Lab. The Lab and its 32 inaugural Cornerstone Partners will advance a science-and technology-based approach to development, creating a new global marketplace of innovations and taking them to scale to help end extreme poverty by 2030.

USAID believes the Cornerstone Partners bring cutting-edge technologies, deep expertise, advanced research and development capabilities, far-reaching networks of customers, suppliers and community organizations, and more than $30 billion in independent investments in emerging markets through science, technology, innovation and partnerships.

“Science and innovation bring an intrinsic value to efforts to solve the world’s biggest challenges such as food insecurity and poverty. We at DuPont are excited to join the USAID Global Development Lab as a part of our commitment to collaborating to deploy global science and local solutions to these challenges, ” said Jim Borel, Executive Vice President, DuPont.

The forum featured an expert panel discussed the value of  bringing together multiple partners with diverse expertise to find and scale solutions to the world’s most challenging problems. On the panel:

  • Jim Borel, Executive Vice President, DuPont
  • Helene Gayle, President and CEO, CARE USA 
  • Charlotte Petri Gornitzka, Director General for the Swedish International Development Agency
  • Jay Collins, Vice Chairman of Corporate and Investment Banking, Citigroup
  • Panel Moderator (invited): Paul Maritz, CEO, Pivotal

The Lab will support breakthrough solutions in water, health, food security and nutrition, energy, education, and climate change, reaching 200 million people in the next five years. To advance this approach, USAID is also increasing the number of scientists and technology experts in the Agency, including 65 fellows from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

“To solve our most intractable development challenges, USAID has established a new way of working, bringing on board the best and brightest staff and new partners, all working in concert to help end extreme poverty,” said Shah. “The Lab will engage a global community of inventors, academics, researchers, entrepreneurs, investors, and corporate leaders in science and technology to invent, test, and scale the most promising and cost effective solutions to end extreme poverty.”

Read more about the Lab…

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