new report released today by DuPont Co. asserts that global agricultural productivity is on track to meet worldwide food demand, and that the proportion of people suffering from hunger has gone down in developing countries.

 

The report was put together by the DuPont Advisory Committee on Agricultural Innovation & Productivity, a group that was formed in 2010 and is chaired by former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle. The committee includes experts in global agriculture development, science, policy and economics.

 

Some of the key findings of the 23-page document:

  • Agricultural productivity is currently on track to meet global food demand in the future. If the current trajectory is maintained, the current growth rate of agricultural productivity is sufficient to double agricultural supply by 2050. However, that growth rate is not assured for the future. "Building more efficient agricultural systems to meet global food demand and increasing resilience in the case of unexpected shocks requires making the right investments and policy decisions right now," the report says.
  • The prevalence of undernourishment in developing regions is expected to fall to 13 percent by 2015, or half the rate from 1990 to 1992.
  • The number of people suffering from chronic hunger has declined to 842 million in 2013 from 868 million in 2012. That figure has experienced a 17 percent decline over the past two decades.

Other members of the committee include Jo Luck, former president and CEO of Heifer International and a World Food Prize laureate, J.B. Penn, chief economist for Deere & Co., and Pedro Sanchez, director of the Agriculture and Food Security Center at The Earth Institute at Columbia University and a World Food Prize laureate.

 

Last month Central Iowa leaders unveiled the Cultivation Corridor branding initiative to identify the region as a premier ag and bioscience hub in the world. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack spoke at an event at the World Food Prize building and talked about Iowa's role in feeding the growing world population.