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Farming First is planning a campaign for March 2018 that will focus on the empowerment of rural women, showcasing stories of success from women who have managed to bridge the gender gap in agriculture.

Does your organisation work with a woman that has achieved this? She must have a compelling story to tell that focuses on one of the following aspects of the Farming First principles:

  • Natural resource management
  • Agricultural extension
  • Improved inputs
  • Resilience
  • Access to markets
  • Research and development

To submit a story for consideration, please respond to the questions below and return them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than Friday, 22nd December 2017.

Stories will be selected on the quality of the story, and the potential to create more collateral featuring the chosen woman (photographs, film) in collaboration with Farming First (if possible). We will also be looking to feature rural women from all regions of the world. Please attach any relevant photographs, video footage and interview material you have. 


Nominee’s Name: 

Country of Work: 


  1. Biographical details (include family size, education, etc)
  2. Occupation: Is she a farmer? An agro-dealer? An agripreneur? A researcher?
  3. How did she bridge the gender gap? Please give specific examples of challenges she has overcome. (Min. 500 words)
  4. How has your organisation worked with her to help her achieve this? (Min. 250 words)
  5. Which Sustainable Development Goals does her work contribute to and how? (Min. 250 words)
  6. Which Farming First principle (listed above) does her story speak to and how?  (Min. 250 words)
  7. Will it be possible for Farming First to conduct a written interview?
  8. Would your organisation be able to take additional film / photographs of this woman?



Farming First is seeking videos on agroecology to be shared with FAO ahead of the 2nd International Symposium on Agroecology. To contribute to the symposium, FAO is interested in collecting and sharing video material on any topic on agroecology, and especially related to the following ones:

  • Innovation in agroecology
  • Co-creation and sharing of knowledge in agroecology
  • Territorial approaches to support agroecology
  • Public policies to support agroecology
  • Environmental, social, economic and cultural dimensions of agroecology
  • Impacts and benefits of agroecology across the different dimensions
  • Successful initiatives to scale-up agroecology
  • Agroecology contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals

The deadline to submit proposals is the 10th of December. If you have video material on these topics, and are interested in sharing these with FAO, please fill in the form:


The Global Forum for Agricultural Research is planning its next GFAR Medium Term Plan 2018-2021. In line with GFAR's role as a multi-stakeholder global forum on agricultural research, the emphasis of the Plan will be on working together through multi-stakeholder collectives to transform the lives of resource-poor farmers and consumers in agricultural and food systems that deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals. The GFAR Steering Committee identified and developed 13 themes within GFAR’s 4 key areas, built on from the GCARD Roadmap for transforming and strengthening agricultural research and innovation for development. These concepts are available here

In addition, GFAR's Partner Spotlights is a way of sharing and celebrating the work of the GFAR network organizations by showcasing stories of impact in agri-food research and innovation. This is an opportunity for Private Sector Mechanism (PSM) members to share their work through the GFAR website, blog, and all GFAR’s social media channels, for one solid week. Check out the full description of the spotlights here. If you would like to join, please email Charles Plummer: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

During the closing ceremony of the SUN Global Gathering (SUNGG17), the SUN Movement Coordinator, Gerda Verburg, presented the “Message from Abidjan” to the Vice President of Côte d’Ivoire, His Excellency Daniel Kablan Duncan, on behalf of the SUN Movement, for the Vice-President to share with African and European Heads of States at the upcoming African Union-European Union Summit in Abidjan 29-30 November 2017.

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