REPORT: 2013 Global Food Security Index Shows Promise in Developing Nations as Some Developed Countries Decline in Rankings

REPORT: 2013 Global Food Security Index Shows Promise in Developing Nations as
Some Developed Countries Decline in Rankings

Annual DuPont-Commissioned Index Highlights Key Indicators in 107 Countries
and Prompts Action

WILMINGTON, Del., July 2, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via PRWEB - Today, the
Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) issued findings from the annual Global Food
Security Index, a first-of-its-kind ranking tool to comprehensively measure
food security and monitor the ongoing impact of agriculture investments,
collaborations and policies around the world. Commissioned by DuPont, the 2013
Index expands on the 25 previously identified food security indicators to
determine how two new factors, political corruption and urbanization, affect
access to safe, nutritious and affordable food. Additionally, the 2013 Index
includes Singapore and Ireland in the 107-country comparison, designed to
track progress, foster collaboration and create real-world solutions to help
feed the 9 billion people on Earth.

"Addressing food security is fruitless without measurement tools and global
benchmarks, together with a continued commitment, but most important: Action,"
said DuPont Pioneer President Paul E. Schickler. "Since we commissioned the
first Global Food Security Index last year, governments, NGOs and academics
have used the Index as a roadmap to identify critical food security issues and
make better informed decisions, develop collaborative partnerships and create
effective local policies to address country-specific needs."

Using the 2012 Index findings as a guide, DuPont formed a joint-partnership
with the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Ethiopian
Government to help smallholder farmers access better seeds and increase
productivity. This year, the Sub-Saharan African nation jumped several spots
on the Index as a result of this new program and other advances such as
farmers' improved access to financing.

2013 KEY FINDINGS

While the average 2013 Global Food Index Score remained flat (53.5 percent
versus 53.6 percent in 2012), some trends emerged from the year-on-year
comparisons that shed light on the stagnant figure:

•Nutrition is Key in Chile and Beyond: The 2013 Global Food Security Index
shines a spotlight on nutrition: More than 3 million children under the age of
5 die from malnutrition each year. In Latin America, these issues are
especially acute since only 53 percent of countries in the region have
official policies regarding nutrition in place in primary schools. "Access to
safe, nutritious and affordable food is critical to health and overall
development," said Schickler while speaking alongside NGO and government
partners at a nutrition and agriculture roundtable event in Santiago, Chile.
Thanks to decades of strong economic management and political stability, Chile
leads Latin America in terms of food availability and affordability and ranks
second only to Argentina for its food quality and safety. "While it's
important to acknowledge progress, we need to scrutinize the findings further
to identify country-specific areas of concern and collaborate with partners to
implement tailored, local solutions here in Chile (where diet diversification
and obesity remain issues) and hundreds of countries around the world to
ensure that nutrition is addressed holistically."

•Developing Nations Make Progress as Industrialized Countries Face Setbacks:
Sub-Saharan African nations including Ethiopia, Senegal and Botswana made
significant progress this past year, rising an average of nine places in the
Index, with improvements attributed to rising incomes, greater access to
farmer financing along with heightened emphasis on quality food and nutrition.
The growth in developing nations contrasts a fall in developed European
economies, in particular Greece, as it regressed as fallout of financial
collapse and lower gross domestic product.

•Broader Food Security Metrics: Rather than measure food security in black and
white terms, the 2013 Index tracks 27 diverse factors that may explicitly or
implicitly affect access to safe, nutritious and affordable food. New this
year, the Index points to political conflicts in Mali, Yemen and Syria as
significant contributors to food insecurity in the regions. With regard to
urbanization, emerging markets appear best positioned to respond to the
long-term trend and implications for food security: Sierra Leone was the
top-ranked country in this new indicator, primarily as a result of its strong
urban farming, which has been crucial in supporting the country's nutritional
needs.

"We've spent hundreds of hours collecting and analyzing data for the Index so
we can better understand what factors help and hinder food security," said Leo
Abruzzese, the Economist Intelligence Unit's global forecasting director. "Our
goal is to provide a comprehensive, global picture of food security so that
stakeholders like DuPont can work with partners in vulnerable areas of the
world where food insecurity is a serious concern." For more in-depth analysis
of the 2013 Index, watch Abruzzese speak to key trends by clicking here.

For more information on the interactive Global Food Security Index, including
definitions of the 27 global indicators, food price tracking, multi-country
comparisons and more, visit: http://foodsecurityindex.eiu.com/.

To learn more about how DuPont is committed to driving food security efforts
locally, sustainably and collaboratively, visit foodsecurity.dupont.com or
follow the conversation on Twitter at #foodsecurity.

DuPont (NYSE:DD) has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the
global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services
since 1802. The company believes that by collaborating with customers,
governments, NGOs, and thought leaders we can help find solutions to such
global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere,
decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the
environment. For additional information about DuPont and its commitment to
inclusive innovation, please visit http://www.dupont.com.

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7/2/13

Did you know that 50 percent of all food is wasted? The 2013 Global Food
Security Index Infographic highlights facts and figures to support this year's
findings.

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