Global coalition pledges over US$650m to help smallholder farmers adapt to climate change

USA – A coalition of donors, aid institutions and philanthropy have committed to invest more than US$650 million in the CGIAT System Organization to help 300 million smallholder farmers adapt to the impacts of climate change.

The funding will be raised by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Bank, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, the European Commission, Switzerland, Sweden and Germany, targeting smallholder farmers in developing countries.

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The investment forms part of a broader commitment of more than US$790 million to address the impact of climate change on food and agriculture.

This investment was announced at the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York as a response to a call to action from the Global Commission on Adaptation (GCA).

Earlier this month, the GCA put forward an agenda for adaptation that contains a detailed action plan for confronting climate threats to agriculture and food security and a recommendation to double the scale of agricultural research through the CGIAR System.

“The global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) made a solemn promise to eradicate hunger and extreme poverty by 2030, and that simply cannot be achieved unless the world’s smallholder farmers can adapt to climate change,” said Elwyn Grainger-Jones, Executive Director of the CGIAR System Organization.

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“The new investments are a recognition that we have just 11 growing seasons between now and 2030 and farmers need a host of new innovations to overcome a growing array of climate threats.

“This new funding is an important start towards a global effort to substantially increase support for CGIAR activities.”

Helping small-scale food producers build climate change resilience

CGIAR is a global research partnership dedicated to reducing poverty, enhancing food and nutrition security, and improving natural resources for smallholder farmers in the developing world.

The investment will support a wide range of activities across the CGIAR System to deliver a steady stream of adaptation solutions to smallholder farmers.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has committed US$310m over the next three yearsto support CGIAR’s shared agenda to tackle climate change and make food production in the developing world more productive, resilient and sustainable.

The World bank has committed to raise US$150 million to support CGIAR efforts on behalf of smallholder farmers in the developing world over the next three years.

“The World Bank is working towards a stepped-up effort on agricultural research in Africa,” said Axel van Trotsenburg, World Bank Acting CEO.

“Towards this end, the Bank intends to work with its partners to develop an IDA financing package of US$60 million for CGIAR-based institutions in Africa,”

“Together with its on-going contributions, the Bank could potentially provide support on the order of $150 million over the next three years.”

The Netherlands will reorient €100 million (US$110m) towards food systems that are not only more productive, but more adaptive and resilient and also increase its contribution to CGIAR to €50 million (US$55m) over two years.

The United Kingdom, through DFID, is committing £45 million (US$56 million) for CGIAR in 2020, alongside an additional £27 million (US$34 million) to support the Global Commission’s recommendations on agriculture.

Switzerland has committed 33.1 million CHF (US$33 million) to CGIAR for 2020-21. Switzerland’s close partnership with CGIAR targets efforts to find innovative solutions for high-quality food and sustainable natural resource management.

The European Commission has committed €32.3 million (US $35 million) to CGIAR for 2020-21 while Sweden has committed to increase funding for CGIAR to 150 million SEK (US $16 million).

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