While speaking at two separate high-profile food-related forums in Washington, D.C. today, DuPont Chair & CEO Ellen Kullman and Executive Vice President Jim Borel each announced the July launch of the Economist Intelligence Unit Global Food Security Index. Created in collaboration with the Economist Intelligence Unit (Washington, D.C.), this interactive, first-of-its-kind tool will bring critical information to the public discussion on food security.
The Index will consider the core issues of food affordability, availability, access and quality across a set of 105 countries. The launch is set for July 10.
Ellen shared the news while speaking on Advancing Food and Nutrition Security Symposium at the 2012 G8 Summit, hosted by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs in collaboration with the World Economic Forum, and Jim shared the news during his keynote address at the International Policy Council (IPC) Food, Agriculture and Trade Summit.
Since DuPont announced its Food Security Goals in February, there has been a steady buzz of conversation around food security globally. Work is underway to align the right people across organizations, countries and industries to make connections that will deliver science-powered innovations to address the challenge of feeding and nourishing an ever-growing population.
“It’s clear that solutions must be reached in a collaborative manner with communities, governments, aid groups and others who know the ‘facts on the ground,’ ” said Jim Borel. “So we asked the question: How can we not only invite people to the DuPont Global Collaboratory, but also spur inclusive innovation that specifically addresses food security?”
The answer is the Economist Intelligence Unit Global Food Security Index, exclusively sponsored by DuPont.
Through better understanding of why people are going hungry within a specific country and by collaborating with many, we can bring better focus to the most pressing local challenges and better coordination among our efforts.
View more information about the food security initiative.