Farmers frowned in concentration, gathered around Ewart Miller in the scorching sun as he demonstrated how a simple wooden A-frame can help properly space out crops when planting. Staggered up a parched and sloping hillside, it was not difficult to see the challenges Jamaican farmers are facing from rising temperatures and increasingly unpredictable seasons. Damage and losses linked to natural hazards in the past decade have totalled more than J$111.8 billion, and in 2014, Jamaica experienced one of its worst droughts […]
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Commencing today – World Food Day – in Des Moines, Iowa, the 2019 Norman E. Borlaug International Symposium, widely known as the Borlaug Dialogue, is set to focus on the prominent global issues of food security, conflict and development. The official theme for this year’s Borlaug Dialogue is ‘Pax Agricultura: Peace Through Agriculture’, which will cover the most pressing topics affecting global agriculture and food security today, from climate resilience and scientific innovation to diplomacy and corporate leadership. Over 1,200 […]
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Diversity is just as important in food production as it is for healthy, nutritional diets, farmers from around the world told this year’s Committee on World Food Security meeting. From dairy to aquaculture, farmers from across the sector said access to the full range of tools, technologies and systems could help meet the challenge of feeding a rising population in ever-changing conditions. A panel of farmers and experts spoke at a side event co-hosted by Farming First on innovation and […]
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The 2019 Borlaug Dialogue concluded today with three final panels exploring the importance of building resilience against climate change and conflict – neatly wrapping up the main topics of conversation that have appeared over the last three days. Two major issues that cropped up time and again were climate change and the projected global population growth. With these looming challenges, many speakers highlighted the need for the agricultural world to not only prioritise increases in productivity, but also nutrition, livelihoods […]
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The 11th annual Oxford Farming Conference 2020 set its sights on managing global food systems in innovative and environmentally sustainable ways. In line with the world’s sustainable development goals as outlined by the UN, the conference explored the current challenges the agricultural sector faces, with the need to ensure food security, the duty to protect natural ecosystems, and the necessity to reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions. In line with the world’s sustainable development goals as outlined by the UN, the conference […]
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The One Planet Fellowship, a $20 million initiative dedicated to supporting research on climate change adaptation, is an academic mentoring scheme which aims to support Africa’s smallholder farmers in adapting to a changing climate. This year, One Planet Fellowship has collaborated with the African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) to raise awareness and interest in the value of women engaging in research and development. Launched at the 2017 One Planet Summit in Paris, hosted by President Emmanuel Macron, […]
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Our food systems are under unprecedented pressure. With the global population expected to reach 8.6 billion by 2030, making food systems more sustainable will depend on the development and deployment of innovative tools and approaches around the world. Launched in partnership with CGIAR, Farming First’s latest campaign – Innovations for Sustainable Food Systems – features a range of case studies where progress is being made to make food systems more sustainable. Sustainable food systems are interconnected and represent the full agri-value […]
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Nominations are now open for the 2021 World Food Prize – a prestigious international award recognising the accomplishments of individuals working to end global hunger. WHAT: A $250,000 prize, awarded to exceptional individuals who have helped advance human development, by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food around the world. DEADLINE: May 1 2020 NOMINATE: http://bit.ly/foodprize21 With nominations for the 2021 award closing on May 1, the World Food Prize Foundation is calling on the global community to submit […]
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With its Global Food Security Symposium postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Chicago Council held an online discussion about the global food security challenges posed by the pandemic, hosted by The Washington Post’s ‘Business of Food’ reporter, Laura Reily. Exploring the large-scale impact that COVID-19 has already had on the global food system, the participants covered how agricultural production, supply chains, markets, and labour forces have all been affected and are further at risk. The discussion also touched on […]
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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold, Farming First is committed to keeping those involved in global agricultural development up to date with relevant news from our community of supporters. We want to extend our thanks to our supporters and the wider agricultural community for keeping food systems running during these challenging times. Preventing a global food crisis amidst this global health emergency is possible if we continue working together. Below are links to how Farming First supporters are responding […]
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