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American Food 2.0, World Expo 2015

May 1 - October 31, 2015

Location: Milan, Italy

From May 1 to October 31, 2015, the United States of America will join in welcoming more than 20 million visitors to Expo Milano 2015. For the first time in the history of world’s fairs, the theme of Expo Milano is food: “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.” This theme will unite 140-plus countries into action around the challenges and opportunities facing our global food system and the sustainable development of our planet.

Expo Milano 2015 is the world’s largest stage to foster dialogue, aggregate ideas, and showcase innovations in food, sustainability, science, industry, economics, entrepreneurship and other elements at the core of American culture.

DuPont is a sponsoring partner of the USA Pavilion at the Expo Milano 2015. For more information, visit Expo2015.org.

World Food Prize 2014 Borlaug Dialogue

Oct. 15 - 17, 2014

Location: Des Moines, Iowa

On Wed., Oct 15, the World Food Prize convenes its 2014 Borlaug Dialogue, an international symposium that brings together leaders from around the world in Des Moines, Iowa. This year, the Dialogue is addressing, The Greatest Challenge in Human History: Can We Sustainably Feed the 9 Billion People on Our Planet by Year 2050?

The 2014 Borlaug Centennial Laureate is Dr. Sanjaya Rajaram.

Discussion topics will include:

  • Taking stock of where we currently stand in meeting the “greatest challenge in human history”;
  • Closing yield gaps while addressing pressing water, gender and nutrition challenges and disparities;
  • The role of information technology and data to increase productivity, conserve the environment, adapt to climate volatility and consumer needs, and improve the lives of farmers and other participants along the value chain;
  • Sustainable intensification to improve productivity with a special focus on soils and fertilizers;
  • Innovations in insurance and agrofinancing;
  • And the role of the next generation in the fight against hunger through the DialogueNEXT conversation that features young innovators and thought leaders who are contributing new ideas, concepts and achievements toward this goal.

A highlight on Thursday, Oct. 16, is the awarding of the 40 Chances Fellowships – the special initiative announced at the 2013 Borlaug Dialogue with former Prime Minister Tony Blair and Howard G. Buffett – to four young innovators under the age of 40, who will each receive $150,000 in start-up funds to implement market and social entrepreneurship projects to confront hunger, poverty and conflict in Liberia, Malawi, Rwanda and Sierra Leone.

2014 Global Food Security Index Relaunch & DuPont Turkey Sustainable Agriculture & Food Summit

May 28, 2014

Location: The Marmara Esma Sultan
Istanbul, Turkey

The DuPont Turkey Sustainable Agriculture & Food Summit will focus on food security, the role of sustainable agriculture, and innovative food and nutrition solutions. The event will also feature a special report from The Economist Intelligence Unit on its refreshed Global Food Security Index.

Spotlight on Food Security: Fortifying Australia’s Role in Asia Food Security

March 11, 2014

Location: National Press Club
Barton ACT 2600, Australia

This DuPont Australia sponsored food security forum will feature the launch of ground-breaking new research from the Economist Intelligence Unit and its Global Food Security Index. The forum will include a panel discussion featuring key figures from policy / political, agricultural, food, trade and economic sectors.

IFAMA 2014 – The Road to 2050, The Talent Factor

June 17 - 19, 2014

Location: Cape Town, South Africa

The 23rd Annual International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA) World Forum and Symposium focused on how to develop and sustain talent across the diverse value chain of global food production – from smallholder farmers in emerging regions of the world to the sophisticated commercial agriculture practices in mature economies. A who’s who of agriculture examined the technologies and talent development approaches that have the potential to propel Agribusiness towards the achievement of global food security. DuPont is pleased to be a sponsor of the event. To learn more about the conference visit, http://www.ifama2014.com/

IFPRI 2020 Conference – Building Resilience for Food and Nutrition Security

May 15 - 17, 2014

Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IPFRI) 2020 Policy Consultation & Conference will bring together policymakers, practitioners, and scholars to discuss how resilience can be strengthened for food and nutrition security. The conference will:

  • Articulate an intellectual framework for resilience;
  • Identify key emerging shocks that pose the biggest threats to food and nutrition security, where resilience needs to be significantly strengthened;
  • Assess experiences through case studies and draw out lessons from programs, policies, institutions, and investments around the world;
  • Identify key approaches and tools to build resilience to shocks;
  • Set priorities for action by different actors and in different regions; and
  • Identify knowledge and action gaps in research, policy, and programming that need to be met or scaled up in order to successfully build resilience to food and nutrition insecurity.

To learn more about the conference visit: http://www.2020resilience.ifpri.info/.

World Economic Forum on Africa

May 7 - 9, 2014

Location: Transcorp Hilton Abuja Hotel
Abuja, Nigeria, Africa

As the foremost gathering on the continent, the 24th World Economic Forum on Africa will bring together regional and global leaders to discuss innovative structural reforms and investments that can sustain the continent’s growth while creating jobs and prosperity for all its citizens. DuPont is pleased to be a strategic partner for the event. To learn more visit, http://www.weforum.org/events/world-economic-forum-africa.

FFA National Convention

Location:

Borlaug International Symposium, World Food Prize

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Global Food Security Index 2013 Relaunch

7/2/13

Location: Santiago, Chile,

International Food and Agribusiness Management Forum & Symposium

06/16/13 - 06/20/13

Location: Atlanta, GA

Come visit DuPont at the 23rd annual International Food and Agribusiness Management Forum & Symposium (IFAMA) event in Atanta, GA.

On Wednesday, June 19th, tune into: “Achieving Food Security” a keynote address by Jim Borel, Executive Vice President, DuPont. This event will be live-streamed at 8:30 a.m. ET.

Also on June 19th attend:

Global Food Security Index Workshop

Led by the Economist Intelligence Unit

2:15 p.m. ET, Wednesday, June 19

The Economist Intelligence Unit will conduct an interactive workshop to explore the Global Food Security Index (http://foodsecurityindex.eiu.com/), a unique tool sponsored by DuPont, that considers the underlying drivers of food security in 105 countries worldwide.  Leo Abruzzese, the Economist Intelligence Unit’s  editorial director, will present an overview of the Global Food Security Index model and demonstrate to participants ways in which the model can be used in their own work and research. Conference registration required to attend.

 

2012 Borlaug Dialogue

10/17/2012 - 10/19/2012

Location: Des Moines Marriott Downtown Hotel
Des Moines, Iowa

Partnerships & Priorities: Transforming the Global Food Security Agenda

With the pressing environmental and demographic challenges facing a hungry world, we have seen a growing push toward international collaboration between institutions, disciplines, public and private sectors and countries. The 2012 Borlaug Dialogue will highlight the role of partnerships and their importance in confronting hunger challenges by driving forward cutting edge research and application at the intersection of science, education and enterprise.

The “Partnerships and Priorities” theme will ask several critical questions:

  • What are some of the lessons learned from past partnerships?
  • Where do we want to be and how do we best leverage partnerships to get there?
  • How is the traditional food security agenda being transformed with new models of collaboration around the world?

Beginning Wednesday, Oct. 17, this three-day dialogue will address the questions above. For the full agenda, schedule of events and a list of speakers, please click here.

Iowa Hunger Summit

10/16/2012

Location: Des Moines, Iowa

The Iowa Hunger Summit seeks to gather leaders from across Iowa representing community organizations, business and industry, state and local government, social agencies, churches and religious communities, schools and universities, and other individuals and groups that lead or participate in projects to confront hunger.

This event is held annually and includes the official World Food Prize Laureate Award Ceremony as well as a Borlaug dialogue international symposium bringing increased awareness and attention to the issues of global food security, agriculture and science. Learn More.

The Global Food Security Index’s Price Adjustment Factor Unveiling

10/17/2012

Location: World Food Prize (Teleconference)
Des Moines, Iowa

Join DuPont, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and special guest speakers for the unveiling of a new tool to assess the impact of food price shocks at the nation level. On Wednesday, Oct. 17, an expert panel will discuss the findings of the Price Adjustment Factor, an interactive tool that presents a new level of insight into the potential impact of food price fluctuations on the ability to address food security at the local level. Commissioned by DuPont and created by the EIU, the Price Adjustment Factor of the Global Food Security Index captures the impact of changing food prices and other macroeconomic considerations over time in 105 countries, on a country by country basis.

Please join the forum via teleconference on Wednesday, Oct. 17 from
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. CDT. Use this information below to access the call.

  • Toll free number for callers within the U.S., Canada or Puerto Rico: (877) 941-8269
  • Conference ID: 4570696
  • If your country is not listed in the grid below, please use the U.S. caller paid number: (480) 629-9799.
Country Number Country Number
Belgium 0800-50-931 India 000-800-100-6662
Brazil 0800-892-1701 Mexico 001-888-425-5213
Chile 1230-020-9278 Netherlands 0800-265-8531
China North 10800-744-0044 Peru 0800-54-019
China South 10800-440-0044 Russia 495-580-9532
Denmark 80-88-54-85 South Africa 0800-991-274
Ethiopia 32-2290-1610 United Kingdom 0800-358-5269

 

2012 ASEAN Media Forum

Location: The Ritz-Carlton

Food Ingredients India

09/06/12 - 09/07/12

Location: Mumbai, India

Food Ingredients India 2012 brings together thousands of food and beverage suppliers and manufacturers. The conference will highlight industry developments, innovations and critical issues, featuring speakers from leading manufacturers, ingredients suppliers and research organizations. Learn more. 

Food Ingredients China

03/28/12 - 03/30/12

Location: Shanghai, China

The largest international food additives and ingredients industry show in Asia, Food Ingredients China will have over 1,000 exhibitors from more than 20 countries. Learn More. 

In the news: New Approach to Food Aid – DuPont and USAID

An article by Philip Brasher, which appeared in the Des Moines Register on Sunday, Dec. 7, features on-the-ground results of a joint agreement between DuPont and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to reduce global hunger and poverty by enabling smallholder farmers access to proven, safe, and transformative agriculture innovations.

The plan, part of the Obama administration’s Feed the Future initiative, is to give farmers bags of nonbiotech hybrid seed and train them on how to properly plant the seeds and apply chemical fertilizers. Only 1 in 10 Ethiopian farmers who grows corn typically uses improved seeds.

“Feed the Future demonstrates a new model of development, one working alongside partner governments, the private sector, civil society and innovators to help the world’s most vulnerable communities progress from dependency to self-sufficiency,” said USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah. “This is a true expression of American values.”

Read the full article online.

Improving Global Nutrition One Crop at a Time

ABS_CropLife_QA_DPPioneer_02While sorghum provides a large amount of carbohydrates for local diets, it is naturally nutrient deficient. As a result of tireless research efforts, the African Biofortified Sorghum (ABS) initiative has achieved the important research breakthrough of dramatically increasing Vitamin-A in sorghum. The initiative is well on its way to strengthening the nutritional profile of sorghum with iron and zinc as well.

Dr. Marc Albertsen, DuPont Pioneer Research Director and ABS Research Leader, sat down for a Q&A with CropLife International’s Plant Science Post newsletter editor to discuss the innovation behind the ABS initiative, partnership model and who will be most impacted.

“Just two weeks ago, I was in an African village meeting with local farmers. At first, I was quite impressed by the local children I presumed were one and two-years-old: they were running around and playing enthusiastically. Then I realized these children were actually closer to four years old. Because of the poor nutritional quality of their diets, these children were at the developmental stage of toddlers. It was a striking example of the very people who will be the most impacted by this project.” ~ Dr. Marc Albertsen, DuPont Pioneer Research Director and ABS Research Leader

Advancing Food Security in Malawi & Ghana

Smallholder Women Farmers in Malawi

A few weeks ago, the Women’s International Networking (WIN) Conference in Berlin brought together female leaders from all over the world, and little did they know how they would end up impacting lives a continent away.

“With this year’s participation at WIN, DuPont used the platform to advocate for farming in Malawi where 70 percent of agricultural work is done by women,” said Ana Somolinos, DuPont EMEA Organizational Vibrancy Champion and Project Leader for the WIN Conference. “We used a digital campaign at the stand to encourage visitors to show their support, each click represented 12,500 maize plants. Over 200 visitors supported the campaign!”

WomenFarmers_01As a result of this campaign, DuPont donated 1.5 tons of maize seed to women farmers in Malawi through Gift of the Givers Foundation, Africa’s leading disaster relief organization of Africa origin, who will further handle the distribution to the farmers in the country, advancing women farmers in Malawi in terms of food security. Watch a video about the donation here.

“This effort conforms to the DuPont philosophy that although science is universal – solutions have to be implemented at a local level,” Somolinos explained.

“We believe this donation will go further to address the issue of lack of good seed especially among the 320 resource-poor rural farmers who will receive the seed,” said Felix Jalasi of the Gift of the Givers Foundation.

DuPont is committed to improving rural communities through target collaborations and investments that strengthen agricultural systems and make food more available, nutritious and culturally appropriate.

GAMSAP – Improving Smallholder Farmer Productivity in Ghana

To help improve the productivity of smallholder maize farmers in Ghana, recently the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and DuPont Pioneer launched the Ghana Advanced Maize Seed Adoption Program (GAMSAP). The program will encourage a network of farmer dealers to use agriculture best practice production techniques. The investment will total more than US $4 million over the next four years.

The program is modeled on a similar one undertaken in Ethiopia by ACDI-VOCA, the organization that will implement the program in Ghana. GAMSAP aims to:

  • Increase adoption of hybrid maize seed and related good agricultural practices to increase productivity and profitability;
  • Improve input supply chain to improve farmer access to improved technology
  • Improve post-harvest handling practices; and
  • Increase market linkages with end buyers.

The program will seek partners with other input providers, farm machinery suppliers and local aggregators and processors of maize to provide markets for maize.

“High quality seed (both local and international) is a key to the modernization and profitability of the agricultural sector. This partnership is designed to demonstrate the benefits of these new varieties and encourage farmers to invest in their businesses with productivity-boosting technologies,” said the USAID Ghana Mission Director, Jim Bever.

Ghana’s agriculture is dominated by small scale producers, with average farm sizes of about 1.2 hectares and low use of technology. Maize smallholder farmers also account for over 80 percent of production, though their yield per hectare averages around 1.5 tons per hectare, which is significantly below the average 2 tons per hectare of maize yields in Africa and 10 tons per hectare in the U.S. By adopting hybrid seed and using improved farming inputs and techniques, participating farmers will be able to achieve significant productivity gains and increased profitability.