Formed and led by farmers, the Global Farmer Network (GFN) is a non-profit advocacy organization committed to inserting the farmers voice in the global dialogue regarding food and nutritional security. These farmer leaders are committed to increasing trade opportunities, access to innovative technology and a farmer’s freedom to operate. The Global Farmer Network Foundation was established to support this effort.
Every day, around the world, scientists and policy makers have big meetings with a lot of very important people discussing how farmers should farm and deciding policies without hearing the real situation from the farmers who are responsible for food and environmental security. As farmers, we MUST be at the policy discussion tables worldwide.
– Maria Pilu Giraudo, Argentina
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The Global Farmer Roundtable is a special project of the Global Farmer Network Foundation. Your investment empowers these farmer agvocates to engage and impact their communities and the world!
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I am thankful to GFN for inviting me to take part in the Global Farmer Roundtable in 2010. It was a turning point in my life. It provided me with the opportunity to realize the potential of farmers. Though we, the Indian farmers, constitute the majority of our population and farming is the major employment provider, we were ignored even in matters relating to our livelihood. I admit that I was a mute and helpless spectator until then. My participation in the Global Farmer Roundtable enabled me to expand my outlook toward farming. I realized that working beyond my farm, I could make my voice heard by the policy makers. In fact, I could motivate my fellow farmers to unite and experience and benefit from our collective strength. Now we have the confidence that, by aggregating our resources, we can improve not only our personal economy at the farm level but the economic development and wellbeing of our nation. I realize that individual farmers have a significant role to play.
I became the first recipient of The Kleckner Award and my journey as a biotechnology advocate started to bloom. It was gratifying to be able to be an inspiration to many people locally, nationally and internationally. It’s a wonderful and important mission and I will continue to be an advocate and a modern farmer leader with GFN as my backbone. I believe that choosing innovation and biotechnology will greatly improve the quality, quantity and availability of agricultural products all around the world. When I first came to the Global Farmer Roundtable, I smiled at myself and the world ahead of me; a petite lady farmer from The Philippines representing this big world of agriculture and fighting for its future.
Ever since 2009, I have been involved with the Global Farmer Roundtable program. These programs have opened my world view through the exchange with other farmers and listening to presentations at the World
Food Prize. I have been able to contribute to the world food security debate. I have written numerous opinion pieces that have been published in Kenyan mass circulation newspapers and other publications worldwide. I have participated in the debate about the use of GM technology to help farmers to produce more efficiently to feed the world’s growing population. I have participated in local and international conferences, contributing ideas on how to grow more food on less land.
On a local level, I have been involved in setting up a farmers village cooperative that currently caters to over 300 smallholder farmers. Through the Chepkatet Farmers Co-op Society Limited, these farmers have been empowered with credit, access to quality farm inputs and services like soil testing, fertilizers and seeds, and access to markets through synergized economies of scale.