The Feeding the World summit explores actions needed to ensure that a global population rising to 9 billion or more can be fed sustainably and equitably.
DuPont Executive Vice President Jim Borel yesterday urged more than 200 business, government and non-profit leaders to commit to a new level of collaboration and personal accountability to achieve global food security. His remarks came at The Economist Conferences Feeding the World Summit in Geneva, which explores actions needed to ensure that a global population rising to 9 billion or more can be fed sustainably and equitably.
"We know that the consequences of hunger and malnutrition are so devastating, so multi-faceted, that no one company, country or organization has all the answers. It will take all of us working collaboratively to ensure that every person has enough nutritious food to eat," Jim said. "Together, we must take action. Now is the time for increased accountability to prevent the looming crisis that will have ramifications for all people."
Jim provided several examples of how DuPont is committed to helping feed a growing world, such as:
Developing a natural culture that preserves and stabilizes raw milk, extending its shelf life by 8 to 12 hours. This product can help dairy farmers in developing countries improve their business models, ensure a valuable protein is available to their families and communities, and potentially help lift them out of poverty.
Helping to equip the next generation of smallholder farmers in Africa with skills to become self-sustaining by investing $2 million over two years to establish a comprehensive professional development institute for 4-H African leadership. The company's initial focus is in Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana, Ethiopia and South Africa – countries where the need to engage young people in agriculture is greatest.
Using technology to deliver drought-tolerant seeds to local farmers across the globe. These new seeds will improve productivity and efficiency of water usage across many different crops and regions.
"Science is global – but solutions must be local," Jim said. "The chances of achieving that goal are increased dramatically by creating science-based innovations that target specific local challenges, collaborating with others on solutions and bringing know-how to the people and places that need it most."
DuPont has committed to invest $10 billion in research and development dedicated to the food, agriculture and nutrition sectors and advancing 4,000 new products by the end of 2020, supporting training and education opportunities for youth around the world, and working with farmers to improve the livelihoods of families in rural communities.
Learn more about DuPont's commitment to global food security.