Special Report

Getting youth excited about agriculture

This morning DuPont executive vice-president Jim Borel took to the Red Gold stage in the DuPont Food Pavilion to talk about what the company is doing to actively engage the next generation of agriculturalists to find solutions to feed the growing world population.

In the US, the company is very involved in 4-H and FFA.  But, Borel tells Brownfield they’re doing something different overseas.

“We have a project with the National 4-H Council for Global 4-H and sub-saharan Africa that we sponsored a leadership institute, to train adults to work with young people,” he says.  “As part of that, we’re creating enterprise gardens as part of the 4-H clubs in five different countries.  Through an enterprise garden, a group of young people can learn about agriculture.  They can learn about nutrition. And, they can learn business because they sell the produce.”

Through they garden, Borel says they hope to inspire young people to pursue careers in agriculture.  The goal, he adds, is to engage 2 million young people in agriculture and food science by 2020.

AUDIO: Jim Borel, DuPont Pioneer (4:30mp3)


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