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DuPont News, October 13, 2011

DuPont and 4-H Announce Youth Development Initiative for Rural Africa

DuPont and the National 4-H Council yesterday announced a partnership to strengthen youth development in rural African communities.  DuPont’s commitment of up to $2 million over the next two years will allow the global 4-H network to help African youth create sustainable livelihoods and improve household and national food security for people across the continent.

Following a successful pilot in Tanzania completed this spring, the global 4-H network now will launch a year-round Leadership Institute for 4-H leaders and volunteers in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa and Tanzania, starting in January 2012. The global 4-H network will train African-based 4-H leaders and mentors about agricultural innovation and farming practices. They also will provide culturally relevant, research-based tools, expertise and resources that can be used at the local level.

Also, 4-H will expand its Enterprise Gardens program for school-based youth, their families and their communities to inspire young people to explore agriculture and see their role in feeding the world. 

“After walking the fields with many African farmers, I understand the urgent need to engage African youth in agriculture, where pressures of food insecurity are greatest,” said DuPont Executive Vice President Jim Borel, who serves as current chair of the National 4-H Council Board of Trustees.  “The farmer who will feed the world over the coming decades is a young person today.  Empowering them to do so is a great responsibility for all of us. DuPont and 4-H share a belief that youth development is a key sustainability initiative to address global food security. What’s more, our African-based businesses also are committed to imparting agricultural training to developing farmers, making this partnership a natural fit on many levels.

“No single company or organization can solve global food security alone,” Jim said.  “DuPont is committed to being a part of the solution, and we hope others will support programs like the global 4-H network to engage tomorrow’s agriculture leaders today.”

4-H is one of the world’s largest youth development organizations, found in more than 70 countries in North America, South America, Central America, Europe, Asia and Africa.

View the news release.