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American Food 2.0, World Expo 2015

May 1 - October 31, 2015

Location: Milan, Italy

From May 1 to October 31, 2015, the United States of America will join in welcoming more than 20 million visitors to Expo Milano 2015. For the first time in the history of world’s fairs, the theme of Expo Milano is food: “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.” This theme will unite 140-plus countries into action around the challenges and opportunities facing our global food system and the sustainable development of our planet.

Expo Milano 2015 is the world’s largest stage to foster dialogue, aggregate ideas, and showcase innovations in food, sustainability, science, industry, economics, entrepreneurship and other elements at the core of American culture.

DuPont is a sponsoring partner of the USA Pavilion at the Expo Milano 2015. For more information, visit Expo2015.org.

World Food Prize 2014 Borlaug Dialogue

Oct. 15 - 17, 2014

Location: Des Moines, Iowa

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.

2014 Global Food Security Index Relaunch & DuPont Turkey Sustainable Agriculture & Food Summit

May 28, 2014

Location: The Marmara Esma Sultan
Istanbul, Turkey

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.

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, http://www.ifama2014.com/

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. 

Latest Global Food Security Index Data: Record Crop Production and Falling Oil Prices Drive Increased Food Affordability

Results from the latest Global Food Security Index (GFSI) quarterly price adjustment update revealed that food affordability improved in nearly 75 percent of countries in September through November 2014 timeframe largely because of a 2.8 percent decline in global food prices, which have reached a four-year low.

Homepage_04In a recent release, The Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) reported that all-time high production levels of corn, wheat and soybeans, and falling global oil prices have resulted in improved food security outlooks for 79 of the 109 countries in the Index. However, the full impact of cheaper oil on local consumer prices, political stability, and on the fiscal positions of oil exporters and importers will only play out in the months to come. Find the full news release here.

Key Findings

The quarterly affordability updates of the GFSI highlight the vulnerability of countries to food price shocks, especially for those where populations already face undernourishment. Incorporating global data and information from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Food Price Index, the EIU’s quarterly update adjusts for global food price changes and for movements in exchange rates, national incomes and import dependence on a country-by-country basis. This provides a top-level assessment of the impact of price changes that might help or hurt a country’s food security.

According to the FAO, global food prices have been falling since the end of August 2014, when they reached the lowest level in four years. Prices continued to decline, reaching another new four-year low in November.

  • Despite significant score improvements, few countries experienced changes in their overall GFSI rankings. Denmark and Australia, however, each rose four places in the rankings, while Switzerland fell five places.
  • Global food prices fell across all commodities except cereals, with dairy and sugar experiencing the most drastic declines, according to the FAO.
  • Falling oil prices increased food affordability by lowering transportation costs. Increases in crude oil supply, weakening demand, and Saudi Arabia’s hands-off approach to price declines have resulted in plummeting oil prices, which will lower food transportation costs
  • Hungary and Botswana experienced the greatest rank improvements—a rise of six and five places, respectively—in the food Affordability category since the last quarterly update in August

For detailed information about the latest quarterly price adjustment factor to the Global Food Security Index, please visit http://foodsecurityindex.eiu.com/.

East Africa Seminar: Potential for Packaging Innovations to Reduce Food Waste

Trade seminar underlines DuPont initiatives, collaborations and commitment to packaging performance and environmental sustainability in Sub-Saharan Africa

African_Packaging_ReducesWaste_02_smAs a world leader in market-driven innovation, DuPont hosted a food packaging seminar in Nairobi, Kenya, in November. Key players participated in the event, providing region-specific customers, as well as new prospects across the food and packaging industry, the opportunity to meet and discuss the latest issues regarding the development of food packaging  in the East African market.

East African economies now number among the fastest growing in the world, with Kenya enjoying a five percent growth in GDP each year. Such wealth translates into a growing middle class, which in turn, alters lifestyle and purchasing habits. In terms of packaged food, this has resulted in double-digit growth in 2013, as this new middle class moves away from traditional, unpackaged food. This evolving, increasingly sophisticated market brings with it new challenges and opportunities – particularly in the field of food packaging.

At the seminar, Lukas Bartek, Sales and Marketing Manager of DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers for Eastern and Central Europe, Middle East and Africa, noted that one third of all global food production is lost or wasted. With the world’s population expected to reach 9 billion by 2050, this is clearly an issue that needs to be addressed immediately. He noted that the improvement of packaging quality in particular, can play a significant role in preventing the alarmingly high quantity of global food waste.

Simiyu Wamalwa, Competitive Options Ltd speaking at the DuPont Kenya Packaging Seminar

Simiyu Wamalwa, Competitive Options Ltd speaking at the DuPont Kenya Packaging Seminar

Also presenting at the seminar:

The seminar gave participants a chance to exchange opinions about the future of the packaging industry and to have a closer look at the most updated technologies. Watch a video clip featuring the seminar, here.

DuPont has played a major role in providing technology to the packaging film industry around the world. Learn more about the DuPont™ Surlyn® story, here.

Cover_EIU_GFSI 2014_Special report_Food lossThe Economist Intelligence Unit published a special report in conjunction with the release of the 2014 Global Food Security Index, Food loss and its intersection with food security. Find the full report, here.

The Need for a “Common Language” to Support Global Food Security

At DuPont, we’re committed to working with NGOs, governments, academia and others in the industry to provide local solutions to address the greatest challenges facing global food security. One of the primary reasons we commissioned the Economist Intelligence Unit to create the Global Food Security Index in 2012 was our recognition that a tool was needed to unify the exchange of data and ideas around food security into a common language. A key part of continuing to cultivate an informed exchange of ideas is actively listening to the international dialogue on the subject and working to further the conversation.

FoodSecurityConvo_2013We recently partnered with the social media analytics firm Crimson Hexagon, to gain a deeper understanding around how people think and talk about food security. With the help of their social media analysts and their analytics platform ForSight™, they evaluated social media posts in eight different languages, irrespective of country of origin – English, Spanish, French, Arabic, Indonesian, Portuguese, Japanese, and Chinese – gaining key insights on the major food security themes, topics, and events in 2013.

Then to deepen our understanding of the cultural differences in the conversation, we worked with their social media analysts and leveraged their opinion analyst algorithm to break down the discussion by four categories – food affordability, food availability, food quality and safety, and all other food conversation.

Key Findings:

  • English is the only language for which affordability was the most prominent theme of conversation. Topics included food banks/pantries, government programs, school food programs and resource allocation.
  • Access to clean drinking water and water treatment plants dominated dialogue among Spanish and French speakers.
  • Concern about fake and poisonous food, genetically modified organisms, and water, air, and soil pollution, led Chinese conversations.
  • In Arabic, general food security and “end world hunger” posts represented the largest share of conversation.
  • Learning from farmers, millennium development goals, climate and sustainable agriculture were significant topics of conversation in Indonesian.
  • Portuguese conversation topics focused mainly on family farms and agriculture, and government food programs.
  • Japanese conversations primarily centered on concerns about nuclear contamination and soil pollution affecting food safety.

Ultimately, food security is a topic that requires ongoing discussion. While the issue is global, each nation has its own set of food security concerns and priorities.

We must fully leverage the data and tools available to us – like the Index – to identify where the gaps are most significant and make better-informed decisions and policies. Collaborations among the public and private sector will continue to help us prevent hunger and address the barrier and opportunities to global food security. Visit the Global Food Security Index to learn more about the drivers of food security.

Crimson Hexagon is a leading provider of social media analytics software. If you have questions about methodology or findings, please send inquiries to info@crimsonhexagon.com.