The Role of Science in Local Food Production
The Challenge of Food Insecurity
One in seven people in the world are “food insecure”, meaning these individuals do not know where their next meal is coming from. As the world population increases to nine billion by 2050, it will require a 70% increase in local food production to feed everyone.
Paul Schickler, President of DuPont Pioneer discusses the role science plays in helping to solve the global food crisis. Schickler elaborates on how DuPont Pioneer is collaborating with farmers and communities to improve local food production and food security.
Regional differences need to be taken into consideration – weather changes, elevation differences, length of day and soil difference all need to be considered to arrive at the best solution for that area. Efforts such as determining which type of seeds to plant and improving agricultural practices based on the local environment can help to make a positive impact on yield levels.
High yield hybrid seeds can help farmers improve their productivity. Pioneer has been working with farmers in Zimbabwe doing research, seed production and seed distribution to help the country become more productive and regain its status as East Africa’s breadbasket.
No single organization can find all the answers, but by collaborating with NGOs, governments, academia, local communities and farmers, we can come together to solve problems.
Learn more at: DuPont Food Security