As the world population continues to grow and become more connected than ever, The DuPont Challenge asks students to consider our most important challenges by researching and writing a 700-1,000-word science essay in one of the four categories:
- Together, we can feed the world.
- Together, we can build a secure energy future.
- Together, we can protect people and the environment.
- Together, we can be innovative anywhere.
The first three categories reflect the global challenges on which DuPont as a company focuses its efforts. The fourth category opens up possibilities for students to address other important topics, using scientific research to solve issues that can range from medicine and health to mathematical computation to any science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) topic that students are passionate about.
Challenge #1: Food
Together, we can feed the world. Ensuring that enough healthy, nutritious food is available for people everywhere is one of the most critical challenges facing humanity.
Essays are due by January 31, 2014. Learn more about the essay competition.
Visit the official DuPont website to learn more about how the company addresses these global challenges. Or get inspired with videos from DuPont on solving the world’s greatest challenges together.
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.
Pictured: AWARD Fellows, Grace Nakabonge (left) and Felister Mbute Nzuve (right) with DuPont Pioneer President, Paul Schickler
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’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.