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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: www.farmingfirst.org

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Farming First presentation

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

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