In response to the global food security challenge, in 2010 DuPont convened a group of experts in global agriculture, development, policy and economics to form the Advisory Committee on Agricultural Innovation and Productivity for the 21st Century. Over the course of a year, the committee met several times including a listening tour with farmers in Iowa as well as a week-long meeting in Africa with farmers, NGOs and government leaders, among others. The committee explored complex issues around meeting global food demand to provide recommendations on several potential solutions, including how DuPont can play a unique and catalytic role in addressing the challenge.
The committee explored a myriad of issues through the lens of both the developed and developing world with farmers as its focus. The committee addressed issues of farmer productivity, including technology and innovation, capacity-building, including infrastructure needs, education; regulatory and policy challenges relating to intellectual property, trade, markets and sustainability.
The Challenge: Global population reached 7 billion in 2011 and is likely to reach 9 billion by 2050. Food productivity must double to feed the growing population and arable land is limited.
- Tom Daschle is a former U.S. Senator, representing South Dakota and former Senate Majority Leader
- Charlotte Hebebrand serves as director general of the International Fertilizer Industry Association
- Jo Luck is a 2010 World Food Prize Laureate and former president of Heifer International, a premier hunger-fighting, non-profit organization
- J.B. Penn is the chief economist of John Deere & Co. He served as undersecretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services at the U.S. Department of Agriculture from 2001-06.
- Pedro Sanchez is a 2002 World Food Prize Laureate and serves as director of Tropical Agriculture at Columbia University’s Earth Institute.