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.
Agriculture continues to be a fundamental instrument for sustainable development, food and nutrition security, and apoverty reduction. The Advanced Maize Seed Adoption Program (AMSAP) was designed with this concept in mind.
Founded in 2013 by the Government of Ethiopia, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and DuPont, AMSAP takes a holistic approach to improving maize farmer productivity. From the farm to the fork through enhanced agronomic training, improved inputs, and greater access to credit, markets, and grain storage, the AMSAP model is already making a significant difference. DuPont Pioneer is providing sample hybrid seed for demonstration plots and facilitating field training sessions. It is also building a network of farmer dealers to advance the utilization and acceptance of high-quality inputs and production techniques.
Check out this new video to learn more about the AMSAP partnership model and hear firsthand from rural farmers in Ethiopia who are experiencing the impact of the program first hand.
Snapshot of Year One Progress
- Planted 320 demonstration plots
- Over 4,000 farmers, extension workers and development agents benefitted from:
- Two to three fold increases in yields
- Increased incomes of as much as US $500
- Greater access to improved seeds
- Training in agronomic practices and post-harvest handling.
- Several farmers are being trained as farmer dealers, who will be able to provide improved inputs to their communities.
- AMSAP is in the process of scaling up to 3,200 demonstration plots this year, and 32,000 in 2015. We expect the program to impact over 100,000 farmers at its close.
On May 17, DuPont opened a state-of-the-art seed processing plant and large capacity storage warehouse at Menagasha, Ethiopia, to meet the increasing demand for Pioneer® brand seed.
This is the first project evolving from DuPont collaborative initiatives in Ethiopia that will help boost maize productivity among smallholder farmers and help increase food production for local communities. The investment will total more than U.S. $4 million over the next three years.
“DuPont is committed to collaboratively tackling global food security challenges and we are honored to work with USAID (United States Agency for International Development) and the government of Ethiopia to significantly increase productivity for maize farmers here,” said DuPont Executive Vice President James Borel, during the DuPont Pioneer seed production plant opening in Menagesha.
DuPont is collaborating with the Government of Ethiopia and USAID to advance the agricultural development and food security goals set by the Government of Ethiopia. This collaboration, termed the Advanced Maize Seed Adoption Program (AMSAP), will provide sample seed to demonstration plots and field training sessions. It will also build a network of farmer dealers and the current cooperatives to advance the use and acceptance of high-quality inputs and production techniques. The AMSAP also includes the facilitation of credit and grants for the construction of seed and post-harvest storage facilities.
DuPont Launches Collaborative Initiatives in Ethiopia to Help Farmers Produce More Food and Improve Post-Harvest Grain Storage
USAID program information
Feed the Future Initiative
Malnutrition is a significant threat to children around the world who do not have proper access to nutritious food. In fact, the World Health Organization claims that malnutrition is the world’s greatest threat to public health. This condition starves the body’s ability to repair itself and greatly increases the risk of infection and disease. According to a report by UNICEF, almost 20 million children under the age of five suffer from severe acute malnutrition, which accounts for over one million deaths in children each year. To address this major global crisis, DuPont is working with UNICEF to feed malnourished children in countries like Sudan with “Ready-to-Eat Therapeutic Food”. This high-protein peanut-based paste does not require water and is delivered in a ready-to-use packet. Made with DuPont emulsifier technology that prevents oiling to provide a longer product shelf life, UNICEF has delivered ready-to-use food to hundreds of thousands of children in Sudan and other countries around the world.
To find out more about DuPont’s commitments to food security in the African continent as well as around the world, take a look at the Infographic below or by visiting this web page.