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.
According to the African Economic Outlook, only four percent of Africa’s population earns more than $10 a day. That is hardly enough money to buy food for a family, let alone pay for the energy required to transport and prepare it. This is why DuPont has committed to work in the region, investing more than $3 million over the next three years to help smallholder farmers in Ethiopia achieve food security.
The Energy-Food Nexus
Energy usage has a direct impact on global food security. Achieving it in most African communities requires increasing both the productivity and sustainability of the farming system. Due to a lack of access to reliable energy, farmers either cannot prepare and cultivate their land properly or cannot harvest, store and process their yield to maximize their return. The World Economic Forum recently hosted leaders from around the world in Ethiopia to discuss the significant transformation and monumental growth the African continent is experiencing and, specifically, the energy problem. I was pleased to participate in the Ending Energy Poverty panel session which focused on solutions to provide electricity to the hundreds of millions of Africans that do not have regular access to affordable energy. While this discussion is important across public and private sectors, solutions are required today.
Solar Solutions Illuminate a Path Forward
DuPont is working on a variety of unique solutions and innovations to help resolve the energy crisis in Africa and around the world. For example, DuPont’s Photovoltaic Solutionsprovide some of the world’s most innovative materials for improving solar technology. Some of the ways we think solar energy can be used to solve the energy problem for farming are:
- Photovoltaic-powered water pumping systems can meet crop irrigation, livestock watering and other domestic needs.
- Powering electric fans for air circulation. Modern pig and poultry farms double and even triple production by raising the animals in controlled environment buildings.
- Lighting agricultural buildings can significantly extend working hours and increase productivity.
- Solar powered cell phone charging stations can connect farmers with markets and other valuable resources.
Continuing New Investments in Agriculture
Even if we improve the energy situation, additional investments in agriculture are still required to address food production in Africa. DuPont is doing more in this area and has announced a number of new commitments including:
- Investing $2 million to expand seed production and storage facilities in Ethiopia.
- Investing $1 million over three years for a pilot project with the Earth Institute of Columbia University to create a rapid soil information system to aid Ethiopian farmers with an effective way to diagnose soil constraints in the field and receive recommendations to improve crop yields.
- DuPont’s Crop Protection business will work to develop a sulfonylurea weed control offering for wheat to improve productivity, bring novel insect control solutions for cotton and vegetables, and train farmers on the responsible use of crop protection products.
- Collaborating with USAID to upgrade agronomic practices and inputs of smallholder Ethiopian maize farmers and increase the profitability of their farms.
Together, with innovative solutions and investment, we can make a difference. DuPont already has sales in 35 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and employs more than 500 people on the continent. We have pledged to commit additional local resources to solving these issues for Africa, including recruiting local talent to run our research and operations in countries like Ethiopia, Kenya and South Africa, and ensure the solutions we develop are economically, socially and environmentally sustainable.
Ian Hudson President – DuPont Europe, Middle East & Africa
There is no doubt that food security is becoming a significant issue as our global population grows exponentially. This is a challenge that only gets more difficult to solve as our world becomes more and more overcrowded.
Consider Bangladesh, a nation of over 164 million people that produces an almost self-reliant amount of grain and yet the people of this growing country still struggle to find enough food to feed themselves. USAID reports that 43% of children under 5 have had growth stunts due to a continuous lack of access to nutritious food and have poor eating habits. Furthermore, recent natural disasters like floods, droughts and cyclones have plagued a nation that attributes nearly 20% of its GDP to agriculture.
In a small nation with more citizens than Russia; companies, NGOs and other organizations need to work together to discover real world solutions to this growing problem. Without significant on-the-ground research in collaboration with scientists, farmers, agriculturalists and citizens these solutions may never go beyond an idea.
Organizations such as The International Food Policy Research Institute have already been addressing issues in Bangladesh and have identified three main areas to focus a robust food security framework:
1. Agricultural research and extension
2. Improved access of farmers to well-functioning markets
3. Improved insurance and targeted social safety net programs for vulnerable groups, especially undernourished women and children.
These three focus areas identified by IFPRI share many commonalities with DuPont’s food goals; Innovating to feed the world, engaging and educating youth and improving rural communities
DuPont is committed to solving this evolving global problem from Bangladesh throughout the rest of the world. For the latest information and updates on Food Security, check out the worldwide discussion on the #FoodSecurity Twitter hashtag.