Video: In Conversation with Howard G. Buffett

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“We’ve neglected a lot of agriculture in a lot of parts of the world”, Howard G. Buffett told Farming First TV, at the 2015 Borlaug Dialogue in Iowa. Rural farmers, he believes, can be the solution to food security. Using the example of the United States, and how it invested heavily in its rural areas to become the powerful economy it is today, Mr. Buffett pointed out that the barriers to successful development in many regions lie in poor rural infrastructure. …

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Meet the Prize-Winning Young Agripreneurs at GCARD3!

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This week marks the Third Global Conference on Agricultural Development, jointly organized by the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) and CGIAR Consortium. To bring youth into the discussion, six young agripreneurs have been awarded a US$5,000 seed fund to facilitate the startup of their agribusiness project, and will be attending the conference in Johannesburg to receive their first induction training and network with agriculture experts from all over the world. For the next year, these agripreneurs will be will mentored by Farming First supporter YPARD (Young Professionals for Agricultural Development) – who will train them on new ways to advocate and network using innovative communication and networking tools. Meet the finalists and follow the discussion using #GCARD3! …

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Video: H.E. Joyce Banda Speaks to Farming First TV


For the Former President of Malawi, agriculture is the one sector that can transform African economies. But it relies on leadership to make this happen she told Farming First TV. This leadership should not only come in the form of politicians, she tells us, but traditional leaders at a local level as well. Citing the success of the input subsidies in Malawi in 2004, she comments: “In a country that is traditional, like Malawi, whatever (traditional leaders) say at the grassroots, is what will happen.”  …

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Hearing Women Farmers Speak on #IWD2016


The World Economic Forum estimated last year, that a slowdown in the slow progress towards gender equality meant the gender gap wouldn’t close entirely until 2133. This year, the theme of International Women’s Day is “pledging for parity”, to ensure that this change happens sooner. At Farming First, we are working to make sure the voices of women farmers are heard – from getting them onto speaker rosters at global events, to accompanying them to present at United Nations negotiations. We know that closing the gender gap in agriculture would have a remarkable impact on reducing world hunger. Check out our infographic “The Female Face of Farming” to find out how: …

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