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June 2015 Issue
The latest news, views and content direct to your inbox from the global sustainable agricultural coalition Farming First
Farming First supporters have been busy all over the world: meeting UN negotiators in New York, discussing our World Food Prize partnership in Des Moines, Iowa and taking part in the Bonn Climate Change conference. Read on for the latest news!
 

 

UNFCCC Toolkit on Agriculture and Climate Change Updated!
As the Bonn Climate Change Conference kicks off, Farming First, CCAFS and CTA have launched a fully updated UNFCCC Toolkit: a one-stop shop for up to the minute communications materials to assist your outreach activities related to the role of agriculture within the climate change debate. The new guide contains:
  • All new key messages
  • A new overview of agriculture in the UNFCCC process
  • Websites, infographics, briefs and papers to illustrate key themes
  • Ready to use Twitter and Facebook posts
  • An updated infographic "The Story of Agriculture and Climate Change" 
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Farming First Announces Partnership with World Food Prize
We are pleased to announce that Farming First will be media partner of the World Food Prize this year. Stay tuned to our blog for more information in the coming weeks.
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Upcoming Advocacy Mission on SDGs to United Nations
This July, Farming First will be on site at the United Nations in New York, to engage with negotiators involved in the SDG process. The Farming First delegation will be sharing its experiences and presenting the case for agriculture to play an integral role in meeting the proposed goals.
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Farming First is delighted to welcome its newest supporters - click the logos to find out more about each organisation.
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img New Expert Guest Blogs
Read the latest guest blogs from global experts in agriculture
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To Improve Livelihoods, Don't Go It Alone

by Jonny Jacobs, Malawi Mangoes
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Why Agriculture is Essential to SDGs as a Whole
by Sue Carlson, World Farmers' Organization
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Mobilising Youth to Tackle Soil Degradation

by Steve Kibet, YPARD
 
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April 2015
Devex
Time to End the False Debate Between Organic vs. Mineral Fertilizer
Bernard Vanlauwe of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture gives three reasons why exhausted soils require a combination of organic and mineral fertilizer - not one or the other.
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April 2015
Think Progress
Is 2015 the Year Soil Becomes Climate Change's Hottest Topic?
 
The International Year of Soil continues, and Farming First supporters Root Capital talk to Think Progress on how agroforestry projects are mitigating climate change effects through carbon sequestration.
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May 2015
Voice of America
Soil Doctor Gives Healthy Advice for Farmers
Farming First supporters Fintrac speak to Voice of America's Africa Tonight Programme about the success of a pilot project in Kenya that analyses soils and sends fertilizer recommendations via text message.
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May 2015
Sci Dev
Organic or Mineral Fertilizer? African Soils Need Both
SciDev interviews Bernard Vanlauwe on why African soils in particular can benefit from both organic and mineral fertilizer. Up to 65% of soils in Africa are estimated to be degraded - Bernard give his recommendations for combatting this.
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We go behind the scenes at global conferences and get exclusive interviews with leading figures in the world of sustainable agriculture - check out our latest episodes below.
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Developing Innovations for Smallholders from the Ground Up
with Kevin Andrezejewski, iDE
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YPARD: Bringing Youth into Agricultural Policy
 
with Courtney Paisley, YPARD
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How Agro Industry Can Spur Africa's Development
with Dr. Damian Ihedioha, World Bank
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img Upcoming Events
1 -11 June 2015
Bonn Climate Change Conference
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23 June 2015
2nd Responsible Business Forum on Food & Agriculture
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23 August 2015
How to Bring Drip Irrigation to Smallholders
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