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.
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.”
— Rhonda Greenway (@RhondaGreenway) October 16, 2013
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.
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
Last month, leaders from DuPont, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), government agencies, the agriculture community and other related parties came together to launch the Global Food Security Index (GFSI). Speakers at the launch events—held simultaneously in Washington, DC, USA; Brussels, Belgium; São Paulo, Brazil; and Johannesburg, South Africa—all agreed that food security is an international challenge that must be addressed with a collaborative approach.
Unlike other indices, the Global Food Security Index, developed by the EIU and sponsored exclusively by DuPont, transcends politics and agricultural production to investigate the fundamental issues of affordability, availability, and quality and safety among various issues of concern. This new index provides a way for food producers, farmer organizations, NGOs, governments and the private sector around the world to investigate and develop programs that will make a lasting impact.
Washington, DC, USA
To start the international launch event, director of DuPont Global Public Affairs, Anthony Farina, introduced the need for such a tool. Farina described how DuPont, working with others from around the world, identified the need for a common, universal tool to drive precision and accountability around food security efforts. This led to the collaboration between DuPont and the EIU to develop the new Global Food Security Index.
“This new tool,” describes DuPont Chair and CEO Ellen Kullman, “will help us around the world measure the many aspects of food security, providing a common language to discuss what needs to be done. Our hope is that the Global Food Security Index will promote collaborations across the food value chain, generating insights and most importantly, stimulating action.”
Paolo De Castro, member of European Parliament, opened the launch in Brussels by
emphasizing the challenge of food insecurity. “We are in a new era of scarcity. We have moved from abundance to scarcity. And it’s not a question of demography – increasing population – it’s a question of income and affordability. It’s a question of volatility.”
James Borel, executive vice president at DuPont, described the GFSI as a comprehensive means for organizations with different perspectives to “zero-in” on a variety of issues within the food security system and makes an impact. “The FSI is a tool, not a solution. We need tools to reach a solution.”
São Paulo, Brazil
Ricardo Vellutini, president of DuPont Brazil, related the problem of food security to his
country’s development. “In Brazil, for example, we see a promising scenario with a growing middle class, which today accounts for 54 percent of the population… Until recently [the Brazilian people] were not part of the so-called ‘basic basket of goods.’ However, what are we doing to ensure healthier and more nutritious foods for these families?”
Former agricultural minister Robert Rodrigues noted the beneficial uses of the GFSI, stating, “This index can show governments how they can change and move up their ranking. It allows for cleaner policy prescriptions.”
Johannesburg, South Africa
Craig Binetti, president of DuPont Nutrition and Health, stated, globally “we will commit $10 billion to R&D [research and development] and 4,000 new products will be introduced.” Moreover, through collaborations and investments to strengthen agricultural systems—especially in regards to making food more available, nutritious and culturally appropriate—DuPont aims to improve the livelihoods of at least three million farmers and their rural communities, according to Binetti.
Already inspired by the efforts of many organizations and individuals, we want to work together with you. Please share your thoughts about the index by leaving us a comment below. We look forward to hearing from you!