DuPont and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) have agreed to broaden their partnership to help smallholder farmers in Africa, Asia and Latin America access advanced seed technologies, credit, markets and better storage facilities to limit harvest loss. In the next five years the partnership would work to help sustainably increase smallholder farmers’ yields and income potential by giving them access to more agricultural tools. The deal builds upon an existing partnership where DuPont and USAID are working with corn to increase the productivity and income for at least 35,000 smallholder farmers in places such as Ethiopia and Ghana through the adoption of new technologies. Asia and Latin America are also earmarked for initiatives.
The partners highlighted a number of initiatives to reach their goals including strengthening access for farmers to proven and safe seed technologies, to credit, to markets; and building capacity for more youth and women scientists in agriculture. This partnership will deliver on commitments made through the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition. The alliance initially endorsed the plans of Ethiopia, Ghana and Tanzania to coordinate public and private investments with national agriculture-development priorities. Part of the planned activities will be to introduce smallholder farmers to climate-resilient crops and innovations like nitrogen-fixing trees to help them sustainably address climate change, and provide them with training in plant protection and soil testing that can improve crop quality and yields. Another goal for the partners is to enable knowledge exchanges on agricultural-development approaches with countries in the Southern Hemisphere.