DuPont CEO Announces Progress on 2020 Food Security Goals at World Food Prize

DuPont CEO Announces Progress on 2020 Food Security Goals at World Food Prize

Kullman Highlights Innovation, Education and Rural Development Initiatives

DES MOINES, Iowa, Oct. 16, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via PRWEB - Addressing
more than 1,000 international leaders at the World Food Prize 2013 Norman
Borlaug Dialogue, DuPont Chair and CEO Ellen Kullman announced progress made
in the first year of the company's 2020 food security goals to address global
hunger challenges. Established in 2012, DuPont's food security goals –
targeting innovation, education and rural community development – are an
outgrowth of its long-standing sustainability goals focused on the
environment.

"In our first year of the food security goals we allocated resources and
attention to bring new innovations to the market, to engage the next
generation of food leaders, and to build up the communities that are home to
the world's farmers," Kullman said. "These goals are a catalyst for
collaboration, innovation and, most importantly, action. What gets measured
gets done."

Progress made in the first year of the DuPont food security goals include:

  *Innovating to Feed the World: Invested $1.2 billion of the $10 billion
    research and development commitment in 2012 and introduced more than 1,000
    new products of the 4,000 products goal centered on producing more food;
    enhancing nutrition, food and agriculture sustainability and safety;
    boosting food availability and shelf life; and reducing waste;
  *Engaging and Educating Youth: Worked with 360,000 youth globally –
    contributing to the goal of 2 million youth engagements around the world
    in educational opportunities; and
  *Improving Rural Communities: Engaged with more than 160,000 smallholder
    farmers with the goal of improving the livelihoods of at least 3 million
    farmers and their rural communities through targeted collaboration and
    investments that strengthen agricultural systems and make food more
    available, nutritious and culturally appropriate by 2020. This does not
    account for the work already being done to enhance the lives of hundreds
    of millions of farmers through the normal DuPont business practices.

Bringing New Solutions to Food

Investment in new product innovations is critical to increasing food
production while also improving the sustainability of agriculture globally.
Cutting-edge solutions such as Optimum® AQUAmax™ corn hybrids with improved
drought tolerance from DuPont Pioneer are an example of how DuPont is
protecting farmers' crops and meeting its food security goal of 4,000 new
products by 2020. The Optimum® AQUAmax™ products help farmers minimize risk
and maximize productivity by providing improved yield stability for the corn
plant under water-stressed growing conditions. In 2013, there were 45 product
offerings in the Optimum® AQUAmax™ lineup across about 7 million acres in the
United States.

Growing the Future Generation in Africa

Growth and sustainability of the food supply will rely on the next generation
of producers, scientists, extension agents and food leaders. We are
collaborating with non-profit organizations like 4-H in Africa, along with
universities and governments to ensure we meet our target of 3 million youth
engagements by 2020. DuPont is working with 4-H to engage youth in five
African countries to build the skill and will to contribute to addressing the
food security challenge. Programs include a Leadership Institute for adult 4-H
leaders and enterprise gardens for building hands on farming and business
training for youth. More than 14,000 youth were impacted in 2012.

Working with Smallholder Dairy Farmers

Improving rural communities starts with improving the livelihoods of farm
families. To support this goal, DuPont is working closely with small farmers
in Latin America to reduce milk waste at dairy farms, and to help them produce
quality cheese more consistently and hygienically. DuPont™ Danisco® Marschall®
brand rennet is a complex enzyme in a simple tablet form that modifies milk
protein to form a curd and make cheese. Local DuPont employees work
collaboratively with Latin America farmers to implement this technology on
their smallholder operations to bring stability and profitability to rural
regions.

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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10/16/13

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