Media

Farming First’s hundreds of spokespeople are available for interviews and briefings with members of the media. Farming First also regularly acts as a media partner at relevant global events.

Media requests can be sent to:   

Liz Sharma, Communications Manager

liz@farmingfirst.org

Content licensing: All Farming First content can be used freely by the media or other stakeholders under Creative Commons license (Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs
CC BY-NC-ND). All content must be credited and linked back (when online) to Farming First. If needed (and only with consent to use), the Farming First logo (high-resolution JPG file) is also downloadable.

Blog content: Farming First welcomes guest contributions to its blog, typically from within our supporter base or by invitation to experts in the fields in which we work. If you intend to submit a blog for consideration, please read our blogging guidelines for guest contributors.

Content/media partnerships: Over the years, Farming First has partnered with many others to create/promote content and/or as a media partner at events. This list of past partners includes: Chatham House, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the international Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), CGIAR, the Economist Intelligence Unit, the International Food Policy Research Institute, the International Agri-Food Network, the World Food Prize, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the Global Forum on Innovations in Agriculture, among others.

Sample media coverage: Farming First regularly supports interview requests from media to connect with experts across the agricultural sector and/or a given region. Many Farming First spokespeople have also provided video interviews, which are available online. Publications featuring Farming First include:

Can China’s agricultural transformation offer lessons for Africa?

By Rakesh Kapur, Chairman, International Fertilizer Association

When 200m farmers are responsible for feeding the entire population of China, any chance of halving hunger levels relies on helping these smallholders become more productive and, in the long term, more efficient.

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Bridging the gender pay gap, on the red carpet and in the fields

By Sithembile Mwamakamba, Programme Manager at FANRPAN, and a spokesperson for Farming First

The fight against the gender pay gap should start with rural women in developing countries, not in Hollywood.

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Investment in agriculture is at the heart of sustainable development success  devexLogo

By Yvonne Harz-Pitre, co-chair of Farming First

You can’t manage what you don’t measure. The Sustainable Development Goals — which were put in place to guide people and the planet toward a prosperous future — are no exception. That is why next week, the United Nations will convene a meeting to track progress on several of the SDGs to see how the world is faring on this ambitious journey.

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Andrea Leadsom is right – we need to get more young people into farming 2000px-daily_telegraph-svg

By Professor Sir Gordon Conway, Director of Agriculture for Impact and a Farming First spokesperson

When recently appointed Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom suggested that young Britons could take over post-Brexit fruit-picking and farm labour, her comments were met with derision.

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Don’t neglect farmers when it comes to finance                                    

By Sue Carlson, Chair of the Women’s Committee of the World Farmers’ Organisation

Not including farmers in financing for development plans will hold back more goals than just reducing hunger

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Listen to the Poorest to Make the Sustainable Development Goals Workhuffpost_logo

By David Hong, Senior Policy Analyst, One Acre Fund

Bill Gates recently referred to the precarious way many of the worlds poorest people support their families — through their small farms — as a “high wire act.” So many variables can thwart their harvest and drag them and their families back into poverty. Maybe there is an attack of pests. Maybe they can’t afford fertilizer. Maybe the rains just don’t come.

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Three practical steps to go from hunger to abundance in Africa (2014)

By Dyborn Chinbonga, CEO, The National Smallholder Farmers’ Association of Malawi

African agriculture poses one of the greatest paradoxes of our time. Despite a decline in overall hunger on the continent, Institute of Food Policy Research Institue last week published new research showing that sub-Saharan Africa still ranks as the region with the highest prevalence of hunger.

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Ensuring food security: Key resources

SciDevNet_logo_landscape_RGB1                                                                                                                 By Michael Hoevel, Managing Director, Marchmont Communications

Addressing food security requires looking at multiple phenomena simultaneously — from hunger, livelihoods and nutrition to climate change, gender and market access. The resources below provide experience, information and recommendations from a range of experts around the world.

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Agriculture Orgs Up Pressure Ahead of Durban Climate Talks                    

A raft of the world’s most influential agricultural bodies, including the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture OrganizationFarming First as well as the World Bank have joined forces to urge international negotiators at Durban’s climate summit, which begins today, to acknowledge the significant role of the sector in addressing climate change.

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