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.
(part 2 in our series covering the CNBC Africa panel discussion on the importance of technology in improving food security in Africa)
Given that as much as 40 percent of agricultural output goes to waste in Africa due to inadequate transport and storage, the need for investment in science, technology and education is imperative.(1)
“We need to think of science and technology in a broad sense that encompasses everything from the use of enhanced seed varieties to the correct agronomic skills, access to finance and even something as simple as no-till farming techniques that help keep organic matter in the ground where it is needed,” said Paul E. Schickler, president of DuPont Pioneer during a panel discussion that aired on CNBC Africa on August 20. “The other crucial thing is to adapt global technology to local needs. Although science provides universal answers, solutions must be local so as to account for variations in climate, soils, cultural traditions and distribution infrastructure.”
Investing in South African Farmers
Pioneer has committed R20 million (South African Rand) over five years to assist smallholder farmer development in South Africa. In November 2012, Pioneer established a collaborative agreement with the Limpopo Department of Agriculture (LDA) to work together with rural communities and other stakeholders to develop programmes addressing the challenges faced by small-scale and developing farmers in order to increase their overall farm productivity, profitability and food security. Since the beginning of the collaboration, Pioneer has invested R500 000. Limpopo is a key province for agricultural development in South Africa and its provincial government is supporting several initiatives to foster food security and self-sufficiency among emerging farmers.
Schickler said that while new technology is typically embraced in telecommunications, transport and healthcare, it is often regarded with skepticism when applied to agriculture. The result is that many African nations find themselves perpetuating less productive farming techniques and missing out on opportunities to improve household and national food security.
Lindie Stroebel, manager for Economic Intelligence at Agribusiness Chamber, told the CNBC Africa panel that the failure to embrace technological advances in agriculture is one reason why African crop yields are significantly lower than those of advanced economies that have adopted new farming technologies. Although Africa has 35 million hectares (or 86 million acres) of land available for maize production, average grain yields on the continent are less than 2 tons per hectare, about one-third of what is achieved in other developing regions and only one-fifth of yields in developed countries.(1) Source: Global Harvest Initiative Symposium, Capturing the Full Value of the Supply Chain: Reducing Postharvest Waste, September 2009.
According to the African Economic Outlook, only four percent of Africa’s population earns more than $10 a day. That is hardly enough money to buy food for a family, let alone pay for the energy required to transport and prepare it. This is why DuPont has committed to work in the region, investing more than $3 million over the next three years to help smallholder farmers in Ethiopia achieve food security.
The Energy-Food Nexus
Energy usage has a direct impact on global food security. Achieving it in most African communities requires increasing both the productivity and sustainability of the farming system. Due to a lack of access to reliable energy, farmers either cannot prepare and cultivate their land properly or cannot harvest, store and process their yield to maximize their return. The World Economic Forum recently hosted leaders from around the world in Ethiopia to discuss the significant transformation and monumental growth the African continent is experiencing and, specifically, the energy problem. I was pleased to participate in the Ending Energy Poverty panel session which focused on solutions to provide electricity to the hundreds of millions of Africans that do not have regular access to affordable energy. While this discussion is important across public and private sectors, solutions are required today.
Solar Solutions Illuminate a Path Forward
DuPont is working on a variety of unique solutions and innovations to help resolve the energy crisis in Africa and around the world. For example, DuPont’s Photovoltaic Solutionsprovide some of the world’s most innovative materials for improving solar technology. Some of the ways we think solar energy can be used to solve the energy problem for farming are:
- Photovoltaic-powered water pumping systems can meet crop irrigation, livestock watering and other domestic needs.
- Powering electric fans for air circulation. Modern pig and poultry farms double and even triple production by raising the animals in controlled environment buildings.
- Lighting agricultural buildings can significantly extend working hours and increase productivity.
- Solar powered cell phone charging stations can connect farmers with markets and other valuable resources.
Continuing New Investments in Agriculture
Even if we improve the energy situation, additional investments in agriculture are still required to address food production in Africa. DuPont is doing more in this area and has announced a number of new commitments including:
- Investing $2 million to expand seed production and storage facilities in Ethiopia.
- Investing $1 million over three years for a pilot project with the Earth Institute of Columbia University to create a rapid soil information system to aid Ethiopian farmers with an effective way to diagnose soil constraints in the field and receive recommendations to improve crop yields.
- DuPont’s Crop Protection business will work to develop a sulfonylurea weed control offering for wheat to improve productivity, bring novel insect control solutions for cotton and vegetables, and train farmers on the responsible use of crop protection products.
- Collaborating with USAID to upgrade agronomic practices and inputs of smallholder Ethiopian maize farmers and increase the profitability of their farms.
Together, with innovative solutions and investment, we can make a difference. DuPont already has sales in 35 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and employs more than 500 people on the continent. We have pledged to commit additional local resources to solving these issues for Africa, including recruiting local talent to run our research and operations in countries like Ethiopia, Kenya and South Africa, and ensure the solutions we develop are economically, socially and environmentally sustainable.
Ian Hudson President – DuPont Europe, Middle East & Africa
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 initiatives?”
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.