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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, https://www.ifama.org.

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

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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. 

DuPont CEO Provides Point of View on Global Food Security at World Economic Forum

DuPont Chair and Chief Executive Officer Ellen Kullman participated in a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting on Thursday, Jan. 23, to discuss what environmental, societal and economic forces are reshaping the global context for food security.

The discussion focused on changing climate and weather patterns, addressing demands of an emerging global middle class and strengthening efficient agricultural value chains.

“Food security is a global challenge where DuPont is using its scientific capabilities to address. We have transformed our portfolio to put greater emphasis on delivering higher growth, higher value offerings for the agriculture and nutrition industries,” Kullman said. “DuPont has a unique vantage point on food security because we have innovations across the full value chain, allowing us to holistically address the challenge of feeding the growing global population. Improving agricultural productivity, providing food and nutrition solutions and finding ways to protect food and reduce waste are all part of our strategy.”

WEF 2014

2014 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting panel: moderated by Administrator of USAID, Rajiv J. Shah; Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Nigeria, Adesina Akinwumi Ayodeji; DuPont Chair and Chief Executive Officer, Ellen Kullman; Chairman of Bharat Krishak Samaj, Ajay Vir Jakhar; and Group Chief Executive Officer of Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd., Michel M. Liès.

Kullman said the company’s strategy has enabled DuPont to focus on innovative technologies and collaborations to understand and adapt to changing growing conditions globally. There have been a variety of public/private partnerships that indicate willingness to collaborate across sectors for impact – including a growing collaboration between DuPont and USAID in Africa. This partnership aims to enhance incomes of more than 35,000 smallholder maize farmers and scale up network for seed distribution in three years.

View the replay of the session below or at this link:

Progress on DuPont 2020 Food Security Goals announced

Addressing more than 1,000 international leaders at the World Food Prize 2013 Norman Borlaug Dialogue, DuPont Chair and CEO Ellen Kullman announced progress made in the first year of the company’s 2020 food security goals to address global hunger challenges. Established in 2012, DuPont’s food security goals – targeting innovation, education and rural community development – are an outgrowth of its long-standing sustainability goals focused on the environment.

“In our first year of the food security goals we allocated resources and attention to bring new innovations to the market, to engage the next generation of food leaders, and to build up the communities that are home to the world’s farmers,” Kullman said. “These goals are a catalyst for collaboration, innovation and, most importantly, action. What gets measured gets done.”

Progress made in the first year of the DuPont food security goals include:

Innovating to Feed the World: Invested $1.2 billion of the $10 billion research and development commitment in 2012 and introduced more than 1,000 new products of the 4,000 products goal centered on producing more food; enhancing nutrition, food and agriculture sustainability and safety; boosting food availability and shelf life; and reducing waste;

Engaging and Educating Youth: Worked with 360,000 youth globally – contributing to the goal of 2 million youth engagements around the world in educational opportunities; and

Improving Rural Communities: Engaged with more than 160,000 smallholder farmers with the goal of improving the livelihoods of at least 3 million farmers and their rural communities through targeted collaboration and investments that strengthen agricultural systems and make food more available, nutritious and culturally appropriate by 2020. This does not account for the work already being done to enhance the lives of hundreds of millions of farmers through normal DuPont business practices.

 

The goals in action:

Working with Smallholder Dairy Farmers

Improving rural communities starts with improving the livelihoods of farm families. To support this goal, DuPont is working closely with small farmers in Latin America to reduce milk waste at dairy farms, and to help them produce quality cheese more consistently and hygienically. DuPont™ Danisco® Marschall® brand rennet is a complex enzyme in a simple tablet form that modifies milk protein to form a curd and make cheese. Local DuPont employees work collaboratively with Latin America farmers to implement this technology on their smallholder operations to bring stability and profitability to rural regions.

Growing the Future Generation in Africa

Growth and sustainability of the food supply will rely on the next generation of producers, scientists, extension agents and food leaders. We are collaborating with non-profit organizations like 4-H in Africa, along with universities and governments to ensure we meet our target of 3 million youth engagements by 2020. DuPont is working with 4-H to engage youth in five African countries to build the skill and will to contribute to addressing the food security challenge. Programs include a Leadership Institute for adult 4-H leaders and enterprise gardens for building hands on farming and business training for youth. More than 14,000 youth were impacted in 2012. Learn more about the Global 4-H Network.

All eyes are on food security

This week, two major events put food security in the spotlight – the World Food Prize 2013 Norman Borlaug Dialogue and the 32nd annual observance of World Food Day.

For nearly 842 million people in the world who are living within the grips of food insecurity*, Wed., Oct. 16 will come and go as just another day of struggling to find safe, nutritious food. For others, World Food Day is an opportunity take action locally. For DuPont, it’s a chance to reinforce our commitment to find science-based solutions to the global challenge of feeding the world by working with farmers, governments, NGOs, and others.

Also on Wednesday, the 2013 World Food Prize Norman Borlaug Dialogue begins its look ahead to the next century of advances in agricultural research and application, and will bring discussion of customized and localized solutions for smallholder farmers to the forefront. We encourage you to connect with the Symposium online.

Do you want to participate in the conversation?
Watch one of the Dialogue series focused on Forward Thinking: Engaging Future Leaders to End World Hunger which will be webcast live on Wed., Oct 16 at 2:15 p.m. ET. Ellen Kullman, DuPont Chair and CEO, will moderate a panel discussing the engagement, collaboration and innovation needed to truly address global food security. Joining her on stage: Julie Borlaug, Associate Director of External Relations, Borlaug Institute for International Agricutlure at Texas A&M; Mpule Kwelagobe, Founder and CEO, MPULE Institute for Endogenous Development; and Eve Ntseoane, a small holder farmer in South Africa.

Later that afternoon at 4 p.m. ET, James Borel, DuPont Executive Vice President, will join a panel to discuss identifying and implementing a sustainable route to sufficient nutritious and affordable food agriculture to meet the demands of feeding a growing population. Research and Returns: The Future of Agricultural Technology & Investment panel will be moderated by Martina Newell-McGloghlin, Director of International Biotechnology, University of California-Davis.

Visit the World Food Prize online for a detailed Symposium agenda and webcast information.

Check back throughout the week as we post news from the Symposium and about collaboration efforts that will help feed the world.
*Source: Food and Agriculture Association of the United Nations