Farming First Newsletter November 2012 Issue
Discussions on agriculture are in full swing around the upcoming climate change conference (COP18). Farming First is hosting a series of discussions in Doha on progress towards an agriculture work programme and
co-convening Agriculture, Landscapes and Livelihoods Day (ALL-5 Day).
Climate Change: COP18 and ALL-5 Day
As a co-organiser, Farming First is partnering with the Agriculture, Landscapes and Livelihoods Day consortium –bringing together the CGIAR, FANRPAN, WFP, IFAD, the World Bank, FAO, World Farmers Organisation and others—to promote agriculture within the broader policy discussions.

As part of this effort and in partnership with the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), Farming First has launched its newest infographic,“The Story of Agriculture and Climate Change: The Road to COP 18”. Unveiled ahead of the opening session of Agriculture, Landscapes and Livelihoods Day 5 (ALL-5 Day), it tells the history of agriculture and climate change in the UNFCCC, highlighting how discussions on agriculture are spread across the convention and the growing consensus on the need for cohesion to leverage efforts in research, knowledge sharing and financing for adaptation and mitigation.

Farming First will also be hosting a roundtable session at ALL-5 Day on the role of public-private partnerships in reducing emission across the agro-food chain. The session will highlight best practices and technologies , with speakers discussing how farmers, businesses, NGOs and governments are collaborating to develop reliable metrics to measure how mitigation and adaptation goals are being met from farm to fork. The panel will include:
  • Dyborn Chibonga, Chief Executive Officer, National Smallholder Farmers’ Association of Malawi
  • Simon Aumonier, Partner & Head of Waste Management, Energy and Climate Change Teams, Environmental Resources Management
  • Keith Wheeler, Co-founder of Foundation for our Future, President of IUCN Board of Directors, and Field to Market Board Member
  • Belinda Morris, American Carbon Registry California Director
Read more about the Farming First Roundtable Session.

Lastly, Farming First is working with other leading agricultural organisations to promote a joint call-to-action for further consideration at COP18 for a dedicated SBSTA Work Programme on Agriculture. Other endorsers include CGIAR Consortium, World Farmers’ Organisation and the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) among others.

The Economist Feeding the World Conferences
Farming First is a media partner for The Economist’s “Feeding the World” series of conferences

The Asian conference took place in Hong Kong on September 27th. Entitled “Feeding the World: Asia’s Prospect of Plenty,” speakers included Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Kevin Rudd, former Australian Prime Minister, and Rusman Heriawan, Vice Minister of Agriculture, Indonesia.

The Africa conference, entitled “Feeding the World: Africa’s Role in Saving the Global Food Crisis” took place on November 15th-16th in Johannesburg. Speakers included Tina Joemat-Petterson, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, South Africa, Shenggen Fan, Director General, IFPRI, and Roy Steiner, Deputy Director, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Daniel Kamanga, from Africa Harvest, represented Farming First in Johannesburg, tweeting live from the event and producing a blog on behalf of Farming First.

African Green Revolution Forum
The African Green Revolution Forum took place from 26th-28th September in Arusha, Tanzania. Key Speakers included Kofi Anna, Chairman of the Board and UN Secretary General (1997-2006), Melinda Gates and Jane Karuku, newly appointed President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA).

Farming First was a media partner for the forum, tweeting live throughout the event and producing interviews onsite for Farming First TV.
Farming First TV
Farming First TV added to its extensive collection of video interviews with experts in the sector recorded in Arusha:

Growing Africa’s Agriculture
with Jane Karuku, President of AGRA

Business Models for Smallholder Farmers
with Lucy Muchoki, CEO of Pan African Agribusiness & Agroindustry Consortium (PanAAC)

Increasing Yields in Africa
with Charlotte Hebebrand, Director General, International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA)

Sourcing Local Fertilizer in West Africa
with Joel Jeangrand, President and CEO, Great Quest

Farmers: The Future of Food Security
with Jorgen Ole Haslestad, President and CEO, Yara

Putting Smallholder Farmers First
with Carlos Sere, Chief Development Strategist, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
Farming First in the news
Farming First coverage includes:

Guardian Global Development
Farming at a crossroads - Morgane Danielou, co-chair of Farming First, participated in a live debate on the future of agriculture in October in London

Teach a Women to Farm… And She Creates Jobs

Global Food Security blog
Global Food and Agriculture Takes Centre Stage
Twitter Update
Farming First received a great response from our live tweets throughout the African Green Revolution Forum. We reached over 0.5 million people on Twitter and gained ‘Top Tweet’ status for the designated hash tag (#AGRF2012).

We have also now reached more than 13,000 followers on Twitter, so thanks for all the support and re-tweets! Stay informed with the latest news and follow @FarmingFirst on Twitter.
Upcoming Events
United Nations Climate Change Conference – COP18
Doha, Qatar, 26 November – 7 December

4th International Forum on Food and Nutrition
Milan, Italy, November 28-29, 2012

A full list of events can be found on Farming First’s events calendar here.