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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, https://www.ifama.org.

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. 

U.S. Global Development Lab to Help End Extreme Poverty by 2030 Launched

GlobalDevLab_Apr012014_smThe U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced today the establishment of the U.S. Global Development Lab. The Lab and its 32 inaugural Cornerstone Partners will advance a science-and technology-based approach to development, creating a new global marketplace of innovations and taking them to scale to help end extreme poverty by 2030.

USAID believes the Cornerstone Partners bring cutting-edge technologies, deep expertise, advanced research and development capabilities, far-reaching networks of customers, suppliers and community organizations, and more than $30 billion in independent investments in emerging markets through science, technology, innovation and partnerships.

“Science and innovation bring an intrinsic value to efforts to solve the world’s biggest challenges such as food insecurity and poverty. We at DuPont are excited to join the USAID Global Development Lab as a part of our commitment to collaborating to deploy global science and local solutions to these challenges, ” said Jim Borel, Executive Vice President, DuPont.

The forum featured an expert panel discussed the value of  bringing together multiple partners with diverse expertise to find and scale solutions to the world’s most challenging problems. On the panel:

  • Jim Borel, Executive Vice President, DuPont
  • Helene Gayle, President and CEO, CARE USA 
  • Charlotte Petri Gornitzka, Director General for the Swedish International Development Agency
  • Jay Collins, Vice Chairman of Corporate and Investment Banking, Citigroup
  • Panel Moderator (invited): Paul Maritz, CEO, Pivotal

The Lab will support breakthrough solutions in water, health, food security and nutrition, energy, education, and climate change, reaching 200 million people in the next five years. To advance this approach, USAID is also increasing the number of scientists and technology experts in the Agency, including 65 fellows from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

“To solve our most intractable development challenges, USAID has established a new way of working, bringing on board the best and brightest staff and new partners, all working in concert to help end extreme poverty,” said Shah. “The Lab will engage a global community of inventors, academics, researchers, entrepreneurs, investors, and corporate leaders in science and technology to invent, test, and scale the most promising and cost effective solutions to end extreme poverty.”

Read more about the Lab…

“American Food 2.0” Program Featured at World Expo in Milano 2015

The Friends of the U.S. Pavilion Milano, a coalition responsible for organizing the U.S. presence at Expo Milano 2015, have announced their launch, kicking off a year-long series of programs highlight the importance of food security and sustainability, to demonstrate the strength of U.S. ties with Italy and all of Europe, and to promote the diversity of American food.

“…we need to go to work to make sure that the pavilion is at the level that we want it to be, that it showcases the creativity and technology and capacities that we have with respect to both sustainability and long-term stability and growth and food security for a growing population on this planet,” said United States Secretary of State John Kerry

As the world convenes at Expo Milano 2015 to address the challenges of feeding 9 billion people by 2050, the Pavilion goal is to showcase American leadership and innovation in global food security, agriculture, and cuisine and plant the seeds for enhanced trade and investment between the United States and Italy in this sector.

usa-1“DuPont is proud to participate in the USA Pavilion at Expo 2015,” said Jim Borel, Executive Vice President, DuPont. “This global stage provides an opportunity to generate dialogue and collaborative action to feed a growing population. DuPont is committed to doing our part by making food more nutritious, safer and available to people everywhere.”

Under the theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life,” Expo Milano 2015 will take place in Milan, Italy from May 1 through October 31, 2015. Like all World Expos, the event is intended to leave a cultural, social, scientific and technological legacy on a theme of global interest.  The United States of America will be one among at least 147 nations and regions represented at Expo Milano 2015.

For more information, visit: http://www.usapavilion2015.net/

About the Friends of the U.S. Pavilion Milano 2015
Friends of the U.S. Pavilion Milano 2015, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is a collaboration between the James Beard Foundation (JBF) and the International Culinary Center (ICC), in association with the American Chamber of Commerce in Italy, whose mission is to conceive, design, fundraise for, and produce the USA Pavilion and programs at Expo Milano 2015 under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State.

For more information, visit: http://www.usapavilion2015.net/ and http://en.expo2015.org/

Update: Global Food Security Index shows food prices rise and slight decrease in food affordability

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) announced today that global food commodity prices rose slightly in the last quarter of 2013, decreasing food affordability in the majority of the 107 countries covered in the EIU’s Global Food Security Index.

“The Global Food Security Index brings a new dimension of evaluating key factors impacting food security,” said James C. Borel, Executive Vice President, DuPont. “The power of this data tool lies in its ability to help determine where to best dedicate limited resources and generate the most impact.”

Price Adjustment Factor Key Findings

In the quarter that just ended (December 2013), global food commodity prices rose by an estimated 1.39% from end-September, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Food Price Index, largely owing to increases in the prices of dairy and meats, which were offset by falling sugar, cereal and oil prices.

  • Once again, the largest drops in food security happened in countries experiencing political violence — Syria and Sudan. Syria had the largest drop and Sudan faced the second largest drop in food security.
  • South Korea had the largest improvement in food security. Its overall food security rank rose two spots to 23rd. Its rank for food affordability rose from 26th to 22nd.
  • Western European food affordability improved in the fourth quarter. Food security improved in 50% (13 of 26) of the European countries included in the Index, representing over a third of all countries that experienced improvements in food security. Western Europe benefited from its modest economic recovery and the strengthening of the euro.
  • Global Food Security Index-ScreenshotEast Asia and Pacific, and Europe and Central Asia were the only two regions to experience an overall improvement in food security during the quarter. Their respective regional scores rose by 0.18 (to 61 out of 100) and 0.06 (to 70), leaving the regions ranked third and second (out of seven), respectively, behind North America.
  • Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) had the largest decline in food security. The region’s score fell by 0.12 to remain in the fourth position. This contrasts with LAC’s performance last quarter when all countries, except Chile, experienced an improvement in food security.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa remained the lowest scoring region. Its score fell by 0.1 from the previous quarter to 33.3. Only five Sub-Saharan African countries (Benin, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal and Sierra Leone) out of 28 experienced improvements in food security during the fourth quarter.

“The global economy will strengthen in 2014, led by the richer countries,” said Leo Abruzzese, Global Forecasting Director for the EIU. “While that could increase food demand, many of the emerging markets are not growing as rapidly as they once did. With generally strong food production and high stocks, we don’t see prices rising for staples this year, a good sign for food security.”

To read the full release and EIU findings, and to explore the Global Food Security Index online, visit http://foodsecurityindex.eiu.com/.

The Index, commissioned by DuPont to deepen the dialogue on food security, is prepared annually and evaluates the affordability, availability and quality of food across 107 countries. Each quarter, the Index is adjusted to reflect the impact of global food price fluctuations on each country’s food security.