Collaborating to Build Global Food Security

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Ensuring that enough healthy, nutritious food is available for people everywhere is one of the most critical challenges facing humanity. At DuPont, food security is at the heart of our priorities, and this week several activities bring the challenge to the world’s center stage.  We are pleased to be part of the conversation, building collaborations with businesses, non-profit organizations and governments, and working with local farmers and food producers from around the globe. 

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? DuPont Pioneer President, Paul Schickler, will participate in a panel discussion on day two of the symposium, Focus on Africa: Policy and Partnerships.

Food security stays in the spotlight with two other global events. The United Nations has declared Wednesday, Oct. 15, International Day of Rural Women, and on Thursday, Oct. 16, the world celebrates World Food Day, led by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

In 2011, DuPont formed an Advisory Committee on Agricultural Innovation & Productivity. Earlier this year the Committee released a new report, Measuring Global Progress Toward Food Security and Nutrition Security, which explores the role of technology and innovation in agriculture, opportunities for advancing nutrition security, and the need for environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable agricultural systems. Since the release of the new report, a webcast was recorded featuring Jim Borel, DuPont executive vice president; Tom Daschle, former Senate Majority leader and chair of the DuPont Advisory Committee on Agricultural Innovation and Productivity; and Mpule Kwelagobe, founder of Mpule Foundation of Endogenous Development. Their discussion touches on a range of topics, from food and nutrition security to the role of women, youth and smallholder farmers in feeding our growing world. Both the report and the webcast can be found on the DuPont Food Security website.