Unlike FAO, Farming First is not an organization, but a coalition. It is supported by 131 different organizations who all hope to further sustainable agricultural development worldwide. Farming First was developed in response to the global challenges posed at the 2009 United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-17).
Together, this coalition highlights the importance of improving farmers’ livelihoods and agriculture’s potential contribution to global issues such as food security, climate change, and biodiversity. It also aims to build synergies amongst its supporters in promoting Farming First’s mission.
On their website, you can learn more about the six principles of their action plan: Safeguarding natural resources, Sharing knowledge, Building local access and capacity, Protecting harvests, Enabling access to markets, and Prioritising research imperatives. Go to their Case Studies page for an interactive map that leads to links about what Farming First is doing worldwide.