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, https://www.ifama.org.
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.
There was real excitement and optimism about the major commitment that companies were making – many in collaboration with other companies, governments, and NGOs. There were over a 100 sessions addressing everything from agriculture and food to energy and climate, water and ecosystems to urbanization and cities. Clearly all of these areas intersect, but in each area there were unique focuses that allowed participants to dive into more details on the challenges and opportunities.
In the agriculture and food security sessions, discussions focused on what is meant and ultimately how we can intensify production sustainably at all levels, from the small holder to large farms. Challenges were iterated: land ownership, lack of extension services, engaging youth to choose farming as a career, protecting biodiversity and other ecosystem services, waste generation in transport, storage, and by consumers, diets and nutrition. Solutions were proposed and discussed: drip irrigation, expanding of extension services with “train the trainer” initiatives, companies working directly at farm level to improve their supply chains, the right technology for the right location including seeds, fertilizers and crop protection chemicals, and infrastructure development to name just a few. Many noted that we cannot have a sustainable world if we don’t have a sustainable agriculture sector, which reinforced the need to find the examples that are working and to learn from what hasn’t worked so well.
The Business Action for Sustainable Development, a collation of organizations including the WBCSD, ICC, UN Global Compact, and CropLife, followed up with an all-day session focused on scaling up – developing big commitments and then have the willingness to implement. In other words – Be Bold, With Speed, at Scale. It looks like there will be an outcome document from the Rio+20 process. Some will conclude that it doesn’t go far enough and others will be concerned that it has gone too far. Either way, there will be an ongoing official process that will look at moving the world towards a green economy with sustainable development goals. In the meantime, the private sector is challenged to come out of Rio ready to implement all the commitments we made and prove that the business of “business” is sustainable business.
– by Dawn Rittenhouse
Dawn Rittenhouse is Director, Sustainabilty for the DuPont Company. She joined DuPont in 1980 and has held positions in Technical Service, Sales, Marketing, and Product Management within the Packaging and Industrial Polymers business and Crop Protection businesses. In late 1997, she began working in the corporate organization to assist DuPont businesses in integrating sustainability strategies into their strategy and business management processes. She leads DuPont’s efforts at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the United Nations Global Compact. Dawn has a double major in Chemistry and Economics from Duke University.
The United Nations reports we are living in a world that produces enough food for everyone on this planet, yet food security remains one of the world’s biggest unsolved issues. This global challenge is complex and will require the commitment, collaboration and intelligence from many different stakeholders. Now, more than ever, it has become abundantly clear how interconnected and vulnerable the world’s food system is. We need a way to measure the link between food economics and food security.
On May 18, at the Chicago Council’s Annual Symposium on Global Agriculture and Food Security in Washington, D.C., DuPont CEO Ellen Kullman announced sponsorship of an innovative Global Food Security Index being developed by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). This unique tool will help us evaluate the many facets of food security and pinpoint specific vulnerabilities around the world. The index will look at metrics related to the affordability, accessibility, availability, nutritional value and safety of food in 105 countries.
To put an end to hunger, it’s clear we must all work together. The EIU’s comprehensive and dynamic index is a resource that will provide a common language for academic, private and public sector entities to make informed decisions about food security. I look forward to sharing more information about the Food Security Index when it launches on July 10.
– Jim Borel, Executive Vice President, DuPont
The DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation is the packaging industry’s longest running, independently judged, global awards program honoring packaging materials, processes and technology. Judges of this award include outside experts from some of the leading companies in the industry. A growing trend among winners is the way innovative packaging can address such important issues as sustainability and food security.
Packaging as Food Security
One aspect of food security is the need to produce more food for a growing world population. But reducing waste also is a factor in feeding more people. According to a recent study conducted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, approximately one third of all food produced in the world gets lost or wasted. Packaging protects foods from damage during distribution, prevents bacteria and diseases from produce spoiling, and allows retailers to keep food on their shelves for a longer period of time.
In the Words of a Juror Award judge Louis Lindberg, Global Design & Sustainability Director at Unilever, suggests that “Packaging has the ability to preserve far more than it uses … if you take into consideration the amount of energy, fuel and water that’s required to grow, harvest and distribute crops safely all the way to the consumer’s table … packaging has the ability to keep your product clean, to keep it at a high quality, to give it a longer shelf life, to keep the freshness about it.”
Past winners of this award include:
- Coca Cola in Japan reduced the overall weight of its bottle by 40%. Once consumed, the bottle can be easily crushed into a very small size.
- Frito-Lay created a completely compostable bag for its Sunchips brand which can divert packaging from ever reaching the landfill.
Find out more about the significance of packaging in addressing food security from some of the judges in the video below. Stay tuned to this website as we will be announcing the winner of the 24th DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation on May 11. For more information about the award, check out the DuPont webpage.
– Shanna Moore, Global Director, DuPont Packaging Sustainability