Science Must Become Local Wisdom
The conviction that know-how must be brought to the people and places that need it most is central to the DuPont approach. Working side-by-side with the population in education and outreach efforts we apply our knowledge to local agriculture in order to benefit local communities.
Palm oil trees are a crucial cash crop in Malaysia, but major food processors require plantations to be certified as meeting a host of environmental and safety standards. Tapping the expertise within other DuPont businesses, DuPont Crop Protection helped plantations receive certification by conducting hazard risk assessments, establishing package recycling programs and providing safety training and protective equipment. This was all in addition to on-site product stewardship efforts that showed local agricultural workers how to properly apply crop protection products.
Rural schools in Indonesia are hard-pressed to provide basic facilities and equipment. As most parents in rural Indonesia are farmers, DuPont Pioneer introduced a program to help those parents learn about hybrid corn technology, sustainable farming techniques for local agriculture, agribusiness and grain marketing. Nine schools provided 15 hectares of land (about 40 acres) for corn production, agreeing to share in proceeds of the corn crop. In the first year of the program, the schools realized nearly $6,000.
In Kenya, small dairy farmers were losing a significant percentage of raw milk to spoilage due to a lack of refrigeration prior to transport to processing facilities. DuPont worked with the Food Science and Technology Department of Kenya’s Egerton University to provide a solution. Studies showed that adding the enzyme hoxose oxidase (HOX) to raw milk extended its freshness for 12 to 15 hours without refrigeration, allowing enough time for transporting. Plans call for this effort to be extended to small dairy farmers in other developing nations.
By closely collaborating with regulatory agencies around the world, DuPont Qualicon helps many countries improve their food safety readiness awareness. Advanced diagnostic technology allows government services to identify local strands of specific bacteria in local agriculture and build domestic databases that help epidemiologists trace the source of an outbreak more quickly.
Through these and other methods, DuPont works side-by-side with farmers and local food producers to improve methods and increase the food supply in local agriculture.
Learn more at: DuPont Food Security