DuPont, USAID to increase farmer productivity
On the margins of the World Economic Forum at DAVOS, DuPont and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) formally announced a joint agreement to deepen efforts to reduce global hunger and poverty by enabling smallholder farmers access to proven, safe and transformative agricultural innovations. Signed by DuPont Executive Vice President James C. Borel and USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah at the World Economic Forum, the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) delivers on commitments made through the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition and builds on a strong history of partnership between DuPont, USAID, university partners, the private sector and NGOs.
This new collaboration with USAID marks a significant milestone in DuPont’s commitment to food security – which includes product innovation, engaging and educating youth, and improving livelihoods of farmers and their rural communities.
“For DuPont, this global MOU with USAID helps us to jointly capitalize on synergies between the DuPont science, technological and market capabilities with USAID’s development achievements, credibility and monitoring and evaluation expertise,” said Borel.
The USAID and DuPont MOU builds upon a partnership where in places like Ethiopia and Ghana we are working together to improve the maize value chain to improve the productivity and income of at least 35,000 smallholder farmers in each country through the adoption of new technologies. Additionally, Asia and Latin America are also earmarked for initiatives. In the coming months, DuPont and USAID leadership teams will convene to discuss project planning. Under the new MOU, DuPont and USAID have outlined a number of efforts to help sustainably increase smallholder farmers’ yields and income potential while also improving nutrition outcomes over the next five years by:
• Strengthening access to proven and safe seed technologies, credit, markets, and better storage facilities to limit post-harvest loss;
• Supporting value chain development and formal linkages with commercial farms;
• Building capacity for more youth and women scientists in agriculture, including through engagement of the Young African Leaders Initiative;
• Improving nutrition through biofortification of orphan crops, particularly sorghum, and use of enzyme technology for milk shelf-life extension;
• Providing training and support for plant protection and soil testing for improved crop quality and yields;
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