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.
Today, the DuPont Advisory Committee on Agricultural Innovation & Productivity issued an updated progress report on the global food and nutrition landscape, highlighting substantial gains in global food production rates, improvements in nutritional quality, and advances in eradicating extreme hunger and poverty, while also acknowledging that serious challenges remain.
Despite significant progress toward eradicating extreme hunger and poverty, the committee stressed that critical challenges remain, with one in eight people remaining undernourished. Continued challenges include:
- Providing all available tools to farmers.
- Building sustainable agricultural systems.
- Empowering women farmers with resources, such as land and technical training.
The report (embedded below) stressed two themes as critical to food and nutrition security – the central role of farmers and giving them access to key technologies; and the need for a comprehensive and collaborative approach across multiple partners and sectors.
“The committee applauds the progress made to date, but a range of issues still need to be addressed, from ensuring farmers have access to all tools to improve productivity to building sustainable agricultural systems,” said former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, chairman of the Advisory Committee. “We’re already seeing public-private partnerships working to develop innovative, scalable food security solutions, and we must continue to foster these creative collaborations if we are to continue to build on this progress.”
The DuPont Advisory Committee on Agricultural Innovation and Productivity is a group of experts in global agriculture development, science, policy, and economics. Learn more about the committee by clicking the Agricultural Innovation Committee tab above. Read the complete release online.
CNBC Africa posted online a portion of a May 5, 2014, interview with Jim Borel, DuPont executive vice president. Borel answered questions about the company’s efforts to promote food security and agricultural development on the continent.
“Food security is now on the top of mind and the real focus of a lot of discussions in a lot of very important places. Instead of being an afterthought, it’s now getting a lot of attention and that’s good because that brings people into the dialogue – it gets the ideas on the table.” Jim Borel, DuPont.
Or watch the interview online: http://www.cnbcafrica.com/video/?ytid=DDL0s4-oqNA.
Recently, Borel participated in the World Economic Forum on Africa, joining a panel discussion, New Solutions: Growing Jobs from the Ground Up.
Prof. Andreu Palou, winner of DuPont Science Award in Spain & Portugal
Within the theme of the latest edition of the DuPont Science Award relating to the field of health and nutrition, Dr. Andreu Palou has been recognized for his scientific contributions in the area of molecular nutrition: the regulation system of body weight (obesity); leptin and the relationship between diet and (epi-) genetics (nutrigenomics and personalized nutrition); the diet/illness mechanisms related to food safety and efficacy; functional food; and the identification of health claims on foods and new biomarkers for European substantiation of health claims in food.
Prof. Andreu Palou, winner of the DuPont Science Award in Spain & Portugal
Obesity – and the associated metabolic alterations – is one of the biggest nutritional issues today, with huge impact on health but also economics and society. Andreu Palou and his team are working in three main areas:
- Thermogenesis and thermogenetic food that would allow us to lose the excess of calories in the form of heat instead of fat,
- Omic or nutrigenomic biomarkers for early prediction of potential health alterations, and
- Obesity prevention.
In this last area, Prof. Palou and his team have discovered a new function of leptin, a protein that is present in breast milk but not in substitute milks. The protein has an effect on lactating babies that protect them against the obesity in the future.
The DuPont Science Award was established in the Iberian Peninsula under the auspices of Professor Severo Ochoa (Nobel Prize winner in Medicine 1959) in order to encourage initiatives which make an important contribution to the advancement of science and its applications. For the last twenty-two years, DuPont has been giving the award to Spanish and Portuguese scientists that have contributed with their work to the advancement of science.
You can find information on the foundation, jurors and other details related to the DuPont Prize of Science: http://www.premiodupont.org.
Dr. Andreu Palou is Professor and Director of the Laboratory of Molecular Biology and Nutrition, University of Balearic Islands and Head of Group Research Center on Obesity and Nutrition Network (CIBERobn)