Farming First Newsletter June 2014 Issue
“It’s high time we all worked together to look at resilience as a new way of doing business.” This is how Shenggen Fan, Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) summed up the next steps for the concept of resilience, when speaking to Farming First TV at the “Building Resilience for Food and Nutrition Security” conference held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia last month. Farming First was there, capturing expert interviews and commentary on what resilience really means, and how we can make it work.
NEW Photo-infographic series Resilience in Action
What is resilience? How can it boost food and nutrition security? To illustrate the answer to these questions, Farming First, in partnership with IFPRI has produced a new animated infographic series, based on photographs crowd-sourced from agricultural organisations around the world. Explore how infrastructure, education, microfinance and livestock all contribute to people’s ability to cope with and bounce back from shocks that threaten our food supply - from climate change and conflict to natural disasters.

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Explore the whole series here

#2020Resilience Twitter Chat
Did you miss our Twitter Chat? Catch up on the lively debate and discussions on how we can boost our resilience to the myriad shocks and stressors our global food system faces. Experts from around the globe from IFPRI, Fintrac and Farm Africa answered your questions and shared resources which are all available here.

Communicator Workshop in Addis Ababa
One day prior to the IFPRI 2020 conference, thirty communications professionals from over twenty organisations including FAO, GOAL Ethiopia, Farm Africa and One Acre Fund gathered at a workshop hosted by Farming First and IFPRI, to learn how to communicate the theme of resilience creatively and effectively. These newly equipped social reporters then produced a range of blogs from the various sessions at the conference – read some of them here.

Global Food Security Symposium
Farming First was delighted to partner with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs for its recent Global Food Security Symposium, held in Washington on 22nd May. As part of the partnership – Farming First spokespeople Howard Mingh and Dyborn Chibonga provided expert blog commentary, while Maria Antip live blogged the session “The Climate-Food Nexus and What It Means for Conflict, Economic Growth and Sustainability”. For a recap of the entire symposium, visit the Chicago Council website.
New Supporters
Farming First is delighted to welcome Twin, World Vision, CNFA and AgDevCo to its supporter base.

Twin works on the ground with over 50 democratic farmer organisations in 18 countries representing some 400,000 smallholder farmers.

World Vision is a global relief, development and advocacy organisation dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice.

CNFA is an international development organization dedicated to stimulating economic growth around the world by nurturing entrepreneurship, private enterprise and market linkages in the agricultural development sector.

AgDevCo is a social impact investor and agribusiness project developer operating exclusively in the agriculture sector in Africa..
New Expert Guest Blogs
Throughout April and May, the Farming First blog has hosted guest blogs from experts in the field of agricultural resilience.

Reframing Resilience
for Pastoralists
Lance Robinson By Lance Robinson,
International Livestock Research Institute

Everyday Emergencies: How Social Protection Schemes Can Build Resilient Children, Families and Communities
Sheri Arnott By Sheri Arnott,
World Vision

Women’s Groups as Conduits Towards Resilient Communities
Prabhu Pingali By Professor Prabhu Pingali, Cornell University

Tough Love: Making Resilience Meaningful
Jon Kurtz By Jon Kurtz,
Mercy Corps

Can You Be Resilient on One Acre or Less?
Emily Alpert By Emily Alpert, Agriculture for Impact

If you want to author a blog, drop us a line at [email protected].
Farming First TV
A new episode every week with the best world experts:

Nutrition for People, Nutrition for Plants
Nutrition for People, Nutrition
for Plants

With Esin Mete, President of the Interntional Fertilizer Industry Association

The African Union’s Vision for Agricultural Transformation
The African Union’s Vision for Agricultural Transformation
With H.E Tumusiime Rhoda Peace, Commissioner for Rural Economy
and Agriculture, African Union
Farming First in the News
Global Food for Thought Why We Still Need a Work Programme on Agriculture
By Dyborn Chibonga

Global Food for Thought Which Agricultural Technologies Will Safeguard Our Food Supply?
By Howard Mingh