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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,

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:

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,

FFA National Convention


Borlaug International Symposium, World Food Prize


Global Food Security Index 2013 Relaunch


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 (, 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


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


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. 

Investing in science for nutritional control of obesity

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

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:

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)

Op Ed: Building blocks of agricultural progress

(Originally published Oct. 17, 2013 – Des Moines Register) In the midst of many competing global priorities, the World Food Prize, held annually in Iowa, serves to remind us of the importance of ensuring global food and nutrition security. In the spirit of Norman E. Borlaug, the event brings together experts from many disciplines from around the world to support a common goal — improving the quality, quantity and availability of food across the world.

Never before has this goal been so important to the safety and security of our planet. By 2050, the globe will have 2.4 billion more mouths to feed, with the population exceeding 9½ billion. We must achieve this in the face of huge challenges, including limited resources (land and water), urbanization, climate change and volatile food prices.

Consider that we are not fully meeting the goal today with the over 7 billion people. Even with today’s abundance, nearly 1 billion people are undernourished and fully one-fourth of the world’s children will be stunted for the rest of their lives due to deficiencies of micronutrients. The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that undernutrition and micronutrient deficiencies cost some 2 to 3 percent of the global gross domestic product.

The economic and human toll of hunger and malnutrition not only affects those countries that are food and nutrition insecure but the global economy as well. Productivity losses due to a malnourished workforce hamper countries’ ability to strengthen their economies and participate in international trade.

Read the full article


About the authors:

The DUPONT ADVISORY COMMITTEE on Agricultural Innovation and Productivity is a group of experts in global agriculture development, science, policy and economics. The committee includes former Sen. Tom Daschle; is a group of experts in global agriculture development, science, policy and economics. The committee includes former Sen. Tom Daschle (chair); Charlotte Hebebrand, director general of the International Fertilizer Industry Association; J.B. Penn, chief economist for Deere & Co.; Pedro Sanchez, director of the Agriculture and Food Security Center at the Earth Institute at Columbia University and World Food Prize laureate; Jo Luck, former president of Heifer International and World Food Prize laureate, and Jason Clay, senior vice president of market transformation at the World Wildlife Fund. Learn more about the Advisory Committee

United States Patent and Trademark Office Recognizes Humanitarian Achievements of the Africa Biofortified Sorghum Initiative

DuPont has been honored by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), an agency of the Department of Commerce, for its research efforts to improve nutrition, production and availability of sorghum, a staple crop in Africa. The USPTO Patents for Humanity is an awards competition to recognize patented technologies that address humanitarian needs.


The award affirms DuPont’s commitments to the importance of collaboration and innovation in science, the importance of seeking food security solutions for a growing world population, and the role of patents and intellectual property in encouraging continued investment in science-based research.


“This award recognizes the importance of collaboration across the public and private sectors to bring real solutions to the people and places that need it most,” said DuPont Pioneer President Paul Schickler.  “Science must be at the heart of solutions to feeding a growing population.”


In Africa, each year up to half a million children become blind from vitamin A deficiencies and nearly 600,000 women die from childbirth-related causes, many from complications that could be reduced through better provision of vitamin A, iron or zinc.  Nearly 300 million people in Africa depend on sorghum as a staple crop, but do not have access to another staple that provides the essential nutrients that sorghum lacks.

DuPont established collaborations with a number of organizations, including Africa Harvest Foundation International, the primary coordinating organization for the Africa Biofortified Sorghum (ABS) initiative, to increase the amount and stability of pro-vitamin A, iron and zinc, and improve protein digestibility of sorghum.  In the next several years, the ABS initiative is expected to benefit millions of Africans that rely upon sorghum, which traditionally is deficient in key nutrients.

Pictured: DuPont Scientist Marc Albertsen, ABS Research Lead. Award presented by Teresa Stanek Rea, Acting Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Acting Director, USPTO.