South Africa Smallholder Farmer Project


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DuPont Pioneer's South Africa Smallholder Farmer Project can help improve food security.
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South Africa Smallholder Farmer Project

  1. 1. A GROWING POPULATION PUTS INCREASED DEMAND ON AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTIVITY: Improve farm productivity. SOUTH AFRICA SMALLHOLDER FARMER DEVELOPMENT PROJECT IMPROVE SOUTH AFRICA’S FOOD SECURITY SOUTH AFRICA SMALLHOLDER FARMER DEVELOPMENT PROJECT CAN HELP BILLION +2.3 2050 70% 60% 40% 20% of the world’s population. In global population growth is expected by 2050. population will soon pass 1 billion and could reach up to 2 billion by 2050 at which time it will represent more than AFRICA'S increase in global food production will be needed by 2050. of the world’s uncultivated arable land. Africa has Africa could emerge as a global breadbasket provided an enabling agricultural environment is fostered: Africa also faces a lot of food security challenges: As much as 40% of food production going to waste due to lack of transport and storage facilities. The need for investment in science, technology, education and human capital that will ensure household and national food security is imperative. Increasing economic and political stability. Average maize yields in Africa are below 2 tons per hectare – significantly below the U.S. (about 10 tons per hectare) and South Africa averages (4 tons per hectare)Sizeable water reserves. Youthful population. R20m Training programs will cover: Follow the Conversation : South Africa smallholder farmer goals: Improve household food security. Increase incomes DuPont Pioneer will invest R20 million over 5 years to assist smallholder farmer development in South Africa. DuPont Pioneer is collaborating with the Limpopo Department of Agriculture and the Madzivhandila College of Agriculture in the Limpopo province of South Africa, and since the beginning of the collaboration in November 2012, has invested R500 000 in the project. Source: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Source: Global Harvest Initiative Symposium, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, FAO Plant breeding. Variety selection. Agronomic practices. Plant biotechnology Techniques utilized in crop production. Empower farmers to adopt best practices for use of maize hybrid seed, fertilizer and herbicides, to improve their maize yields. How to select the best seed variety for their geographical locations in order to maximize yields. @DuPontAfrica & @DuPontPioneer