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.
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.
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.
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.
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/
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/.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Recently, during two intense days in sunny Valencia, Spain, the National Association of Agro-food cooperatives organized, Reasons for Future: 7th Congress of Alimentary Cooperatives. The forum set the stage for sharing the challenges and opportunities of the agricultural cooperative sector between cooperative members, business and industry, and government representatives. Attendees ranged from the King of Spain to the European Union (EU) commissioner of Agriculture & Rural Development to the Chair of the Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Commission from the EU Parliament. The theme of the event was “three I’s+one” – integration, internationalization, innovation and the addition of illusion [eagerness] to drive them to success.
Summarized below are highlights from the forum conversations:
DuPont was a conference sponsor and featured a booth from which a team of technicians shared the latest scientific developments in the sector.
“Our main task is to help farmers improve productivity, reduce the impact on the environment and ensure prosperity for their businesses and their families,” said Piersilvio Paiero, director of DuPont Crop Protection in Spain. “The food cooperative movement in Spain represents 2 percent of the GDP of the country, which has registered a growth of 23 percent since 2007 and now employs 100,000 people, so, it is an important partner for us to meet our goals.”
Today is the 42nd Anniversary of National Ag Day in the United States, set to recognize agriculture’s role in American life. Food and fiber doesn’t just arrive at the grocery or clothing store or magically appear on our dinner table or in our closet. There’s an entire industry dedicated to providing plentiful, nutritious and safe food to eat, as well as a wide range of comfortable, fashionable clothing choices. We rely on agriculture for life’s necessities. From beef and pork to cotton and corn, agriculture is working harder than ever to meet the needs of Americans and others around the world.
Learn more about agriculture innovation, collaboration and how these ideas are shared at the local level around the world.
Today we shine a light on the role of agriculture in feeding a growing population and celebrate it.
- Each American farmer feeds about 144 people
- Agriculture is America’s #1 export
Innovation and new technology means farmers continue to be good stewards of the land. In the U.S., DuPont is using its expertise to advise farmers of the benefits of planting cover crops to promote sustainable agriculture. Cover crops include oats or rye that are seeded into existing crops such as corn or soybean to control weeds, prevent erosion, and improve soil health. These cover crops are also beneficial alternatives in regions such as the Midwest that are susceptible to weather-related “prevented planting” when heavy rains or drought prevent planting of soybean or corn during the growing season. Planting cover crops is a relatively new practice, but DuPont Pioneer is helping farmers realize it can pay significant dividends in terms of land stewardship and crop yields. In October of 2013, DuPont Pioneer announced an initiative with The Howard Buffet Foundation to develop products to support a conservation-based system of agriculture to sustainably improve the productivity of smallholder farmers in Africa.
Learn more about AgDay by visiting http://www.agday.org/ or by following @agday on Twitter. AgDay is organized by the Agriculture Council of America and DuPont is a sponsor.
While the rest of the world has made significant progress towards achieving food security, Africa, in particular Sub-Saharan Africa, continues to lag behind. The ever increasing population is also posing huge challenges in providing a secure food future to the present generation and the next.
DuPont believes that with inclusive innovation Africa can address the challenge of food security. At DuPont Africa, science is hard at work to deliver innovative food and nutrition solutions in the areas of food enzymes and ingredients, animal nutrition, soy protein isolates, food safety detection and packaging solutions. DuPont is working with local producers and food value chain companies to provide host of innovative solutions. By developing next-generation materials, nurturing local innovation and forming new research partnerships, DuPont is seeking newer Horizons to help Africa feed good food to more people. We invite you to collaborate with us to help secure Africa’s food future. Some recent examples of such partnerships include:
Let’s get in touch so that we can look forward to working together to help advance Africa’s economic transformation.
Regional Director, DuPont Sub-Saharan Africa
(Follow @DuPontAfrica on Twitter or visit the DuPont South Africa website to learn more.)