Gates Foundation and Qatar to spend $200 million on climate-adaptive agriculture

Qatar and the Gates Foundation will jointly invest up to $200 million over the next two years to help prepare farmers in developing countries to adapt to climate change. The new partnership, that was announced on Sunday at a conference in the Gulf state, focuses on introducing climate-adaptive farming methods and technology to communities that depend on agriculture for both food and income, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa.

Mark Suzman, chief executive officer of the Gates Foundation: "We are trying to help those communities grapple with the reality of climate change now and, in a way, help insulate them from the future damages of climate change.”

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is a major non-profit that tackles poverty and inequity. It will fund the partnership on a 50-50 basis with Qatar's state Fund for Development.


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