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Linked with G20 Leaders Warn of Funding and Investment Gaps in Ensuring Long-term Food Security.

  • The Farming First plan was developed as a joint call to action to respond to the global challenges posed during the current round of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-17).
  • For the first time in CSD’s history, three of the nine major civil society groups — which offer policy recommendations to the UN delegates — have formed an agricultural coalition to present a joint plan, which is farmer-centric, comprehensive, and inclusive of all groups along the food production supply chain … (about 1/2).

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About 2/2: … While CSD-17 provided the initial platform for the conception and launch of Farming First, the Farming First principles provide a relevant resource for many international fora. We hope it can provide the basis for collaborations at the international level across a range of settings. 

Together, these supporters currently represent the world’s farmers, the world’s scientists, and the private sector. Farming First illustrates the strength and value of a multistakeholder collaboration as it acknowledges the specific concerns of each of these groups while building consensus and a common framework for future action. It also shows the importance of including civil society’s voice within these international negotiations.

As partners, we aim for our programs, projects and activities to feed into the realisation of the 6 principles of the Farming First plan and we encourage others from various fields to join as supporters of Farming First to strengthen our approach and collaborative potential.

“Farming First” calls for a broad-based, knowledge-centred approach to increase agricultural output in a sustainable and socially responsible manner. The platform is focused on helping subsistence farmers become small-scale entrepreneurs. Action is needed in six key areas:

  • 1. safeguarding natural resources
  • 2. sharing knowledge
  • 3. building local access and capacity
  • 4. protecting harvests
  • 5. enabling access to markets
  • 6. prioritising research imperatives

Governments have welcomed the Farming First initiative as they see it as an opportunity to raise awareness of the collective contributions of some of the most important agricultural and rural stakeholders: namely, farmers and cooperatives, researchers and extension workers, companies and entrepreneurs.

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