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Farming First is a coalition of global organisations looking to enhance sustainable development through agriculture. More can be found on the website:

Farming First is a coalition of global organisations looking to enhance sustainable development through agriculture. More can be found on the website:

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  • 1. Farming First Presentation
  • 2. The Context for Farming First
    • Results & Risks
    • Hunger levels in sub-Saharan Africa are rising
    • 1 in 4 people facing water scarcity by 2025
    • Poor regions are more affected by climate change
    • Supply-side Challenges
    • 40-55% declines in arable land per capita by 2030
    • More extreme and volatile weather from climate change
    • Gaps in farm labour productivity where LDCs have less than 1% the levels of developed countries
    • Demand-side Challenges
    • - Global population will rise by 1.7 billion people by 2030
    • Consumption trends are toward more energy intensive foods, such as meat.
    • Agriculture’s share of foreign aid has dropped from 17% to 3%
  • 3. The Farming First Plan : Enhancing Sustainable Development through Agriculture
    • Farmer-centered : focused on giving farmers, especially smallholder farmers, the tools and information they need.
    • Inclusive: of all groups throughout the agricultural supply chain, from farmers and suppliers to policymakers and scientists.
    • Knowledge-driven: comprehensive in its approach to finding sustainable systemic solutions for agricultural production balancing environmental, economic, and social needs.
  • 4. The Farming First Supporters
    • 3 Major Groups with consultative status at the United Nations Commission for Sustainable Development (UNCSD):
    • Farmers
    • Scientists
    • Business & Industry
    • Supporters include:
    • The International Federation of Agricultural Producers (IFAP)
    • The International Council for Science (ICSU)
    • CropLife International
    • The International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA)
  • 5. 6 Key Principles
  • 6.
    • 1. Safeguard Natural Resources
    •  Improve land management practices
    • Conservation tillage
    • Watershed management
    • Wildlife habitat and biodiversity protection
    • Creation of incentives for ecosystem services
  • 7.
    • 2. S hare knowledge
    •  Enabling farmers to use resources in a sustainable way
    • Improve agronomic education for farmers
    • Develop village-based knowledge centres
    • Provide access to market, weather, crop information through ICTs
    • Encourage two-way exchanges with farmers and between farmers
  • 8.
    • 3. Build Local Access
    •  Give access to tools to complement knowledge
    • Improve access to land and water, especially for women
    • Provide rural access to microfinance services
    • Provide access to agricultural inputs and services
    • Build infrastructure
  • 9.
    • 4. Protect Harvests
    •  Reduce losses to improve returns
    • Build local storage facilities and transportation mechanisms
    • Localise the application of knowledge and information
    • Improve awareness of sustainable consumption
    • Provide risk management tools such drought insurance to farmers
  • 10.
    • 5. Enable Market Access
    •  H elp farmers achieve better livelihoods
    • Provide remote access to up-to-date market pricing information
    • Develop well-functioning markets
    • Encourage co-operative approaches
    • Improve smallholder farmers’ marketing skills
    • Reduce market distortions at al levels of agriculture worldwide
  • 11.
    • 6. Prioritise Research Imperatives
    •  Meet the challenges of the future
    • Conduct research on soil fertility, water availability, crop losses and climate change
    • Improve productivity through responsible science and technology
    • Increase public and private investment in R&D
    • Promote farmer-centered research
    • Establish public-private partnerships
  • 12. Questions & Answers