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Addressing the Critical Challenges of Food Security

Today, the DuPont Advisory Committee on Agricultural Innovation & Productivity issued an updated progress report on the global food and nutrition landscape, highlighting substantial gains in global food production rates, improvements in nutritional quality, and advances in eradicating extreme hunger and poverty, while also acknowledging that serious challenges remain.  

Despite significant progress toward eradicating extreme hunger and poverty, the committee stressed that critical challenges remain, with one in eight people remaining undernourished.  Continued challenges include:

  • Providing all available tools to farmers.
  • Building sustainable agricultural systems.
  • Empowering women farmers with resources, such as land and technical training.

The report (embedded below) stressed two themes as critical to food and nutrition security – the central role of farmers and giving them access to key technologies; and the need for a comprehensive and collaborative approach across multiple partners and sectors.

“The committee applauds the progress made to date, but a range of issues still need to be addressed, from ensuring farmers have access to all tools to improve productivity to building sustainable agricultural systems,” said former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, chairman of the Advisory Committee. “We’re already seeing public-private partnerships working to develop innovative, scalable food security solutions, and we must continue to foster these creative collaborations if we are to continue to build on this progress.”

The DuPont Advisory Committee on Agricultural Innovation and Productivity is a group of experts in global agriculture development, science, policy, and economics. Learn more about the committee by clicking the Agricultural Innovation Committee tab above. Read the complete release online.

 

Smallholder Farmers Can Provide a Food Secure Future

Smallholder farmers are the key progressing agricultural sustainability across the globe. Small farms generate 80 percent of the food consumed in the world. However, many smallholder farmers lack access to basic tools and technologies to improve productivity and yield. Through knowledge sharing, the 500 million small farms can be empowered to move from subsistence to surplus producers. To learn more about the state of food and nutrition security, stay tuned for the 2014 report update from the DuPont Advisory Committee on Agricultural Innovation & Productivity tomorrow!

 

Women Farmers are Key to Food Security

Investment in women farmers is essential to progress global food security. Female farmers comprise of approximately 43 percent of the agricultural workforce in developing insecure nations. However, only 5 percent have access to agricultural extension services. Through collaboration with academics, policy makers and food security experts, women farmers can gain access the latest technologies and education to improve their livelihoods. To learn more about the state of food and nutrition security, stay tuned for the 2014 report update from the Advisory Committee on Agricultural Innovation & Productivity on May 20th.

 

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