In an effort to strengthen agriculture in rural African communities, DuPont announced at the World Food Prize that it is committing up to $2 million over the next two years to support the global 4-H network to help African youth create sustainable livelihoods and improve national food security.
Following a successful pilot in Tanzania that was completed this spring, the global 4-H network now will launch a year-round Leadership Institute for 4-H leaders and volunteers in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa and Tanzania, starting in January 2012. The global 4-H network will train African-based 4-H leaders and mentors about agricultural innovation and farming practices. They also will provide culturally relevant, research-based tools, expertise and resources that can be used at the local level.
DuPont Executive Vice President James C. Borel spoke at the World Food Prize in Des Moines last
month about DuPont’s pledge to support youth in agriculture in Africa.
"After walking the fields with many African farmers, I understand the urgent need to engage African youth in agriculture, where pressures of food insecurity are greatest," says DuPont Executive Vice President James Borel. "The farmer who will feed the world over the coming decades is a young person today. Empowering them to do so is a great responsibility for all of us."