We received a number of great questions during last week’s Food Goal Forum. We didn’t have a chance to answer every question that was submitted, though we’ve selected some of the most interesting and common questions and posted our replies below.
1. “Private sector is diverse. It comprises of MNCs (Multinational National Corporations), SMEs, NGOs
representing farmers and other groups. Part of the difficulty in achieving
PPP is that the private sectors themselves are not aligned. How should MNC
take lead on this to create s common position between different groups in
private sector to solve one common problem on food security?”
There are a number of good examples where diverse stakeholders are coming together to share ideas, solutions and best practices around food security. The Food Security Forum that DuPont convened on Feb. 2 is just one example. The World Economic Forum is engaged in developing broad projects in key countries in Africa. Organizations such as USAID are building value chain projects that bring together a diverse group of stakeholders to address food security issues. To truly reach the scale needed,collaborations across all sectors must be accelerated.
2. “What about other aspects that affect food security, like land
tenure, which is extremely crucial for small-holder farmers?”
Food security relies on understanding the needs of farmers everywhere and helping them get what they need to be successful. Land
tenure is among the issues that will need to be addressed.
3.“With the adoption of mobile phones in rural areas throughout the
world how can this new communication technology be harnessed to support
information exchange and dissemination to achieve more food security. And
specifically are R&D efforts actively designing direct access to farmers
via mobile technology in their projects?”
Mobile technology has the potential to provide information to farmers in ways
that will revolutionize how they do their business, especially in developing nations.
From agronomic advicee and extension services,
to market information and soil testing results, mobile technology will
enable farmers to increase efficiencies and productivity.
4.“How do the Food Security Goals announced today fit in with
other initiatives like the one sponsored by the WEF and particular
countries or chapters like the one of Mexico recently presented in Davos,
Switzerland. How can we make sure that we really collaborate with other
The DuPont Food Security Goals build on what we as a company are doing
to innovate to feed the world, to facilitate engagements among young people and
to support farmers and their communities. They also very much align with other key
food security initiatives. Our focus is intentional; we do not want to create new
or competing projects.