IAFN Updates

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: https://goo.gl/forms/IHXFHIPlskEoN8CD2


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.

The Conference of Parties at its 23rd session (COP23) has requested that the Subsidiary Bodies for Implementation and Scientific and Technological Advice address issues related to agriculture. This piece was originally published in the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development. You can read it in its original form here.

The International Agri-Food Network (IAFN) is proud to be supporting seven farmers and SME representatives to attend the FAO Regional Meeting on Agricultural Biotechnologies in Sustainable Food Systems and Nutrition in Sub-Saharan Africa. The conference will take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from November 21st – 24th, 2017.

On October 25th, 2017, the Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition opened an online discussion on the following question: "What should be the nature of post-capacity development support to these youth in order to retain them in agriculture, and to ensure the sustainability and long-term impact of youth-specific CD initiatives?"

IAFN submitted the following reflection, stressing the idea that the sustainability of capacity development initiatives depends on the establishment and maintenance of strong networks. 

The Nuffield International Farming Scholars programme has partnered with IAFN this year to raise awareness of the important issue of attracting youth in agriculture.

From Sight and Life: On the evening of November 8, Sight and Life proudly announced two winners of the Sight and Life Nutrition Leadership Award at the SUN Global Gathering in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire. Dr. Shilpa Bhatte and Dr. Ellen Piwoz were recognized as great leaders in the nutrition field who have a vision of an improved world and who inspire others to do the same. 

We are faced with the global challenge of recruiting and retaining youth in agriculture. Human capital and talent are essential drivers of growth, sustainability, and security across the entire food value chain. Supporting young agricultural leaders means investing in education, training, new access to capital, innovative agricultural technologies, and more. Read the position paper here.