Coalition Pledges Funding to Help Smallholder Farmers Adapt to Climate Change

A coalition including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Bank, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, the European Commission, Switzerland, Sweden, and Germany has promised more than US $650 million for the CGIAR System Organization, to help 300 million smallholder farmers in developing countries adapt to the impacts of climate change. The funding will support a variety of activities designed to make food production in the developing world more productive, resilient, and sustainable, including research, efforts to help women farmers, variety development, market and value chain development, and micro-insurance.