Policy Papers

The Farming First coalition regularly develops broad-based position papers exploring agriculture’s importance to a range of related policy issues.

Click on the links below to view and download these papers by theme.

Rural Women

To create the key policies a rural woman needs, we must consider the many roles a woman plays. She is a farmer and a mother. She is a bread winner and probably a bread maker. She is ready to invest in her children and to steward her land. Download the Farming First Policy Paper on rural women.



By 2050, the proportion of the population facing stressed water supplies is expected to increase by 500% and the number facing full water scarcity is expected to increase by 800%1 . Climate variability is expected to impact many major crops , cutting productivity in key food crops like irrigated rice by as much as 27%, rain-fed wheat by 25%, and rain-fed maize by 15%.  Download the Farming First Policy Paper on water.

Post 2015 and SDGs

Gains in food security, eradicating poverty and reducing child mortality cannot be sustained without a thriving agricultural sector that protects the planet and offers growth to farmers and their communities. Click to download the Farming First Policy Paper on the SDGs.

Climate Change

More than a billion farmers and their families around the world are on the front line of climate change. Their lives and livelihoods are directly affected by its impact, and they are also vital to implementing many of the solutions we need to help delay and deflect it. Download the Farming First Policy Paper on climate change.