Des Moines, IA (PRWEB) October 16, 2012
DuPont today 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.
DuPont Pioneer will annually host at least two AWARD Fellows in its global laboratories for up to nine months over a four-year period. These research attachments will complement the extensive training and leadership development offered by AWARD.
The majority of those who produce, process and market Africa’s food are women, but only one in four agricultural researchers is female, according to a 2008 study conducted by AWARD. In addition, fewer than one in seven of the leaders of agricultural institutions are female. AWARD is addressing this gap.
“DuPont and AWARD share a common belief that women play an indispensable role in agriculture,” said Paul E. Schickler, president, DuPont Pioneer. “Empowering women to have a greater voice in decisions will have a significant impact on food security and poverty alleviation worldwide.”
AWARD Leadership Program
AWARD is a two-year leadership program that supports women scientists working to improve food security and reduce poverty in Africa. To date, 250 African women scientists from 11 countries have benefited directly as AWARD Fellows. They range from recent university graduates to recognized experts in their fields. Their research covers 16 disciplines in agricultural research and development, from plant pathology to water management and from poultry science to climate change.
Pioneer will provide advanced science training to two leading African women scientists, Grace Nakabonge and Felister Nzuve, who were selected from a competitive pool of post-graduate AWARD Fellows.
•Nakabonge is a geneticist and lecturer at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, with a special interest in biodiversity conservation and livelihood strategies. Her goal is to identify superior genotypes that can be used in a breeding and domestication program to obtain varieties that the farming community can use sustainably.
•Nzuve, a geneticist who is pursuing a doctoral degree at Makerere University, is interested in exploring wheat-rust resistance genes, and other gene-mapping activities, to help improve agricultural practices.
“Our new collaboration with DuPont Pioneer will make a powerful difference for these two scientists and their home institutions as well. I am grateful that DuPont Pioneer shares our vision of investing in the next generation of African leaders in agricultural science,” said Vicki Wilde, director, AWARD. “That new leadership will be all the more effective when women are highly represented, especially by those who are technically competent and well-positioned to generate the technologies needed by rural woman, and other smallholder farmers.”
DuPont’s approach to addressing global food security includes science-based innovations that target specific local challenges, collaborating with others on solutions and bringing know-how to the people and places that need it most. DuPont plans to engage 2 million young people in educational efforts over the coming decade; invest US$10 billion in food-related research and develop and introduce 4,000 new products designed to sustainably produce more food, enhance food nutrition and safety, and boost food availability and affordability globally. To learn more about how DuPont is committed to driving food security efforts locally, sustainably, and collaboratively, visit foodsecurity.dupont.com.
DuPont Pioneer is the world’s leading developer and supplier of advanced plant genetics, providing high-quality seeds to farmers in more than 90 countries. Pioneer provides agronomic support and services to help increase farmer productivity and profitability and strives to develop sustainable agricultural systems for people everywhere. Science with Service Delivering Success™.
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.
Forward-Looking Statements: This news release contains forward-looking statements based on management's current expectations, estimates and projections. All statements that address expectations or projections about the future, including statements about the company's strategy for growth, product development, market position, expected expenditures and financial results are forward-looking statements. Some of the forward-looking statements may be identified by words like "expects," "anticipates," "plans," "intends," "projects," "indicates," and similar expressions. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Many factors, including those discussed more fully elsewhere in this release and in documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission by DuPont, particularly its latest annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly report on Form 10-Q, as well as others, could cause results to differ materially from those stated. These factors include, but are not limited to changes in the laws, regulations, policies and economic conditions, including inflation, interest and foreign currency exchange rates, of countries in which the company does business; competitive pressures; successful integration of structural changes, including restructuring plans, acquisitions, divestitures and alliances; cost of raw materials, research and development of new products, including regulatory approval and market acceptance; seasonality of sales of agricultural products; and severe weather events that cause business interruptions, including plant and power outages, or disruptions in supplier and customer operations. The company undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statements as a result of future developments or new information.
# # #