The world population reached 7 billion last year and is expected to swell to 9 billion by 2050, yet the amount of land fit for farming is expected to decline due to factors such as climate change and construction.
That’s why DuPont is focusing on the critical issue of achieving global food security, which we believe exists when all people have physical, social and economic access to sufficient and nutritious food that meets their dietary need and food preferences for a healthy and active life.
“We need to essentially double the food production over the next 40 years,” said Jim Borel, executive vice president. “For us as a world to respond to that challenge, science has to play a really important role. It’s going to take new solutions, new tools that farmers can use to get more production off of every acre of land they have.”
Among the ways DuPont is already working to address the food security issue is through maximizing the yield potential of seeds, protecting crops from disease and pests, enhancing the nutritional value of staple foods, detecting contamination before it causes sickness, and reducing waste through food packaging.
But it is not enough to simply provide science-based solutions. There are other issues to address at a local level, including cultural traditions, transportation and available water supply.
“If we give a farmer advanced hybrids that can improve their yields, but they don’t have a bridge to be able to get the crops to market, we haven’t solved their problem,” Jim said. “No one company, no country, no one NGO can solve this problem alone. Instead, the challenge really is for all of us to find new and better ways to work together.”
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