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DuPont Affirms Commitment to Collaborative Approach to Food Security for Southern Africa

18 June 2012 – DuPont and its Pioneer seed business have a long tradition of taking a collaborative approach to problem-solving, according to Pioneer South Africa Registration and Regulatory Affairs Manager Kulani Machaba. He told attendees at the Food Security Summit that private companies should work with public institutions, international governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and foundations to identify initiatives, policies, and collaborative investment opportunities to help ensure a stable and safe food supply for Africa and globally. The Institute for International Research presented the Food Security Summit, held June 18-22 in Johannesburg, as a forum to discuss key issues surrounding food insecurity in Southern Africa.

“DuPont business Pioneer is pleased to be a part of this inaugural summit,” said Machaba. “We have long supported collaborative approaches to both abiotic food production challenges such as arable land, water and climate, as well as macroeconomic factors including capital availability, infrastructure, population growth and governance and regulatory stability and capacity.”

DuPont collaborates on sustainable agriculture and development projects for Africa, such as the Africa Biofortified Sorghum initiative with several organizations including Africa Harvest. The Improved Maize for African Soils project is another collaborative effort with CIMMYT, the Agricultural Research Council of South Africa, and the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute.

In May, DuPont and the Earth Institute of Columbia University announced a collaboration to create a rapid soil information system to aid Ethiopian farmers with an effective way to diagnose soil constraints in the field and receive recommendations to improve crop yields. DuPont will invest $1 million over three years for the pilot project.

DuPont is also sponsoring an innovative Global Food Security Index being developed by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) to measure the drivers of food security across 105 countries. The index will be published this summer and will be a unique resource for those working to improve food security across the private and public sectors. This interactive benchmark tool will be publicly available so governments, universities, NGOs and others can access the relevant data to help tailor local solutions regarding food security.

“Achieving household and national food security in Southern Africa is possible,” said Machaba, “The key will be continuing to maintain open lines of dialogue and interaction between groups of all types and purpose. We want the same positive outcome, as evidenced by involvement in the Food Security Summit,” he said.

To learn more about how DuPont is committed to driving food security efforts locally, sustainably, and collaboratively, visit foodsecurity.dupont.com.



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