Farming First Newsletter April 2014 Issue
What is resilience and what does it have to do with agricultural development? Through April and May, Farming First is partnering with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) to answer these questions, ahead of the conference “Building Resilience for Food and Nutrition Security” (15-17th May, Addis Ababa). There are lots of exciting ways to get involved with the partnership, take a look below and get in touch.
Farming First and IFPRI Partnership – How to Get Involved
Call for photos: Could you be featured in our next infographic? As part of the Farming First and IFPRI partnership, we are looking for compelling, photographs of resilient agriculture in action. The photos we select will be turned into the latest of our award-winning infographic series. If you or your organisation have captivating photographs you would like to see featured, credited and promoted as part of this series then please send them to us no later than April 15th to be considered. Full submissions can be downloaded here.

#2020Resilience Twitter Chat – Join the discussion! If you want direct access to some of the leading experts in resilient agriculture, tune in to the Farming First / IFPRI #2020Resilience Twitter Chat, and put your questions to the panel.

When:
16th April 2014, 10am EDT
Where:
Twitter
Who:
Jay Kaufman, Senior Vice President of Field Operation, Fintrac Tenna Shitarek, Ethiopia Programme Manager, Farm Africa Ruth Meinzen-Dick, Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI Agnes Quisumbing, Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI Clemens Breisinger, Research Fellow, IFPRI

You can tweet your questions and comments in advance using the hashtag #2020Resilience.

Last chance to apply! – Farming First / IFPRI communications workshop in Addis Ababa Do you work in agricultural development, but need to brush up on your communication skills? Do you want to ensure your organisation’s stories of resilience reach the right audiences via traditional and social media? As part of the Farming First / IFPRI partnership, a group of senior communications experts will be leading a training workshop for communicators in Addis Ababa on 14th May, to help build our sector’s ability to communicate its stories publicly. If you are interested in attending, there are a very few spots still available, so get yours in today. Click here to see the full application guidelines.


Farming First partners with Chicago Council on Global Affairs
We are happy to announce that Farming First will be partnering with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs on their upcoming Global Food Security Symposium to be held on 22nd May in Washington D.C. Keep an eye on the Global Food for Thought blog for commentary from Farming First supporters, and visit the Farming First events section for full details on how to register for the conference.


Let’s hear it for the girls
On International Women’s Day (8th March), Farming First was a voice for female farmers highlighting their important role in global agricultural production. Female farmers have significant potential to reduce global hunger if given equal access to resources, training and markets. To illustrate this powerful message, Farming First produced the first in its new series of ‘content mash-ups’, curating images, videos and case studies from Farming First’s 130-strong base of supporter organisations. The result – 13 Empowering Stories of Women in Family Farming – read them and become inspired!

Continuing this theme, Farming First partnered with Agrilinks to host an #AskAg Twitter Chat on 20th March entitled “Empowering Women at the Head of Family Farms”. We were joined by gender experts from USAID, FANRPAN, the World Farmers Organisation and One Acre Fund. If you missed the event you can read a summary and access resources shared on the Agrilinks website.


Feeding the world
For the third consecutive year, Farming First partnered with The Economist at its Feeding the World summit. Farming First live tweeted the event and filmed exclusive interviews with speakers Ertharin Cousin (World Food Program), Kanayo Nwanze (International Fund for Agricultural Development) and more. Check out the summary video below and stay tuned to Farming First TV for a new upload each week.
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New Supporters
Farming First is delighted to welcome Agriculture for Impact and the International Agri-Food Network to its supporter base.

Agriculture for Impact
Agriculture for Impact is an independent advocacy initiative led by Professor Sir Gordon Conway, author of the book One Billion Hungry: Can We Feed the World and Chair of the Montpellier Panel. It aims to enable better European government support for productive, sustainable, equitable and resilient agricultural development in sub-Saharan Africa, focusing in particular on the needs of smallholder farmers.

Agriculture for Impact
The International Agri-Food Network is a coalition of international trade associations involved in the agri-food sector at the global level, and focuses on defining and delivering the private sectors’ commitment to addressing global poverty and food security. IAFN is the business focal point at the UN Committee on World Food Security.
Farming First on Twitter
Farming First has reached an incredible 25,000 followers on Twitter! We would like to thank all our followers for helping us campaign to put farmers first. Keep an eye on our Twitter feed for all the latest news, blogs and content from the world of sustainable agriculture.
New Expert Guest Blogs
Each month, Farming First features guest blogs by experts on a range of topics from climate smart agriculture to innovations changing the face of agriculture. Here are some of the latest published:

Bringing Biodiversity into the Green Revolution Equation
Ann Tutwiler By Ann Tutwiler,
Bioversity International

What is the Role of Agriculture Technologies for Global Food Security?
Mark Rosegrant By Mark Rosegrant, International Food Policy Research Institute

The Voice of a Female Farmer
Rose Akaki By Rose Akaki,
Ugandan Farmer

If you would like to contribute a guest blog post, we’d love to hear from you. Drop us a line at info@farmingfirst.org.
Farming First TV
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Brand New Look Launched Farming First is excited to launch its brand new look on Farming First TV! We will be uploading a new episode each week, featuring interviews with experts in the field of sustainable agriculture development. This week, watch our interview with Kanayo Nwanze, President of the International Fund of Agricultural Development on how to assist smallholder farmers graduate from microfinance to the mainstream banking system.
Farming First in the News
Reuters Alertnet Dreaming of a Green Desert
5th February 2014

Voice of Russia Panel Discussion on Empowering Female Farmers
2nd April 2014
Farming First LinkedIn
New Farming First Organisation Page!
Farming First has launched a brand new organisation page, which will be the new, centralised place for all the latest Farming First news, views and announcements on LinkedIn. Our discussion group and individual account will be closing later this month so be sure to follow the new page to continue your conversations with us!
Upcoming events
IFPRI 2020 Conference “Building Resilience for Food and Nutrition Security”
Addis Ababa, 15-17th May 2014

Global Food Security Symposium 2014
Washington D.C, 22nd May 2014