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Agricultural Development

Collaborating for a Purpose

At DuPont Pioneer, we are committed to increasing productivity and production of agriculture in an environmentally sustainable manner while helping farmers around the world become more successful. New levels of innovation and collaboration at the global and local levels are essential to reduce hunger and poverty, increase nutrition, and drive economic growth for millions worldwide.

We are working to develop sustainable solutions for farmers around the world that drive yield through more efficient and sustainable use of water, nutrients, and soil, and through herbicide tolerance and resistance to pests and diseases. Pioneer recognizes, however, that developing an improved product is only part of the equation. High-quality seeds must be readily accessible and reliable before farmers can benefit from the enhanced technology and increased productivity.

Our Approach

DuPont Pioneer uses cutting edge science to help improve farmer productivity and profitability while providing a foundation for farming as a sustainable livelihood that meets the needs of people today and future generations. The benefits of agriculture development programs accrue to others beyond DuPont Pioneer and its customers.


Featured Stories

Highlights of the 2020 Resilience Conference

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) held its conference on "Building Resilience for Food and Nutrition Security," May 15-17, 2014, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This highlights video features DuPont Pioneer Ag Development Directory Lystra Antoine as one of the speakers, and captures key messages from the conference and recommendations to strengthen resilience so that food and nutrition security can be achieved for all.

DuPont and USAID Announce Commitment to Increase Farmer Productivity and Food and Nutrition Security

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.

Investing in Women Agricultural Scientists and Researchers

In October 2012, DuPont announced its collaboration with African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) with a commitment of approximately US $400,000 over the next four years to help strengthen the research skills of female African agricultural scientists.

Eye on Global Food Security

With nearly one billion people suffering chronic malnutrition and hunger worldwide, growing enough nutritious food for the world’s growing population is a monumental challenge that faces not only the agricultural sector but all of humanity. We recognize that global food security – which is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity - will not be solved by any one company, government, university, or research institution.

DuPont and USAID work with Government of Ethiopia to Improve Food Security

DuPont will collaborate with the Government of Ethiopia and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to boost maize harvests through increased use of hybrid maize seed, improved seed distribution, and post-harvest storage. Maize is a significant contributor to Ethiopia’s economic and social development, providing jobs, income and food.