DuPont Unveils New Local Investments in Africa and Innovative Global Food Security Index

DuPont News, May 21, 2012


Ellen Kullman

During the Advancing Food and Nutrition Security Symposium at the 2012 G8 Summit, DuPont Chair & CEO Ellen Kullman announced two key efforts that will support collaborative, world hunger initiatives.

First, DuPont will invest more than $3 million over the next three years to help smallholder farmers in Ethiopia to achieve food security. Second, DuPont is 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.

Building on DuPont’s Substantial Commitment to Africa
DuPont intends to forge a strategic alliance with the government of Ethiopia and the Agriculture Transformation Agency to directly benefit the productivity of smallholder farmers in the nation, thereby improving their ability to produce nutritious food for their families and communities.

“Based on our work with smallholder farmers and African families, we understand that local solutions, local acceptance and community collaborations are critical to improving food security in Africa and around the world,” Ellen said.  “DuPont will commit additional local resources, including recruiting local talent to run our research and operations in Sub-Saharan countries like Ethiopia, Kenya and South Africa, and ensure the solutions we develop are economically, socially and environmentally sustainable.”

DuPont’s commitment to grow its business in Africa and explore collaborations in the region is in support of Grow Africa and the G8’s New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition.

Bringing New Tools to Focus Global Efforts
The Global Food Security Index will be released in July 2012 and will take into account underlying factors such as the affordability, accessibility, availability, nutritional value and safety of food to measure food security and assess vulnerabilities country by country.  The index is distinct because it uses 25 indicators and adjusts for food price fluctuations to actively reassess the risks countries face over time.

“We need a clear metric that enables us to see, transparently and objectively, what we’re up against,” Ellen said.  “Governments, private and public sector entities need a common language to discuss the root cause of hunger so they can make better informed decisions that drive sustainable action at a local level.  We are pleased to support the Economist Intelligence Unit in developing this one-of-a-kind tool for promoting collaboration, generating insights and stimulating action to feed the world’s growing population.”

The 2012 G8 Summit was hosted by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs in collaboration with the World Economic Forum.

Learn more about how DuPont is committed to driving food security efforts locally, sustainably and collaboratively.

View the news release.