The Gates Foundation and Qatar Fund for Development invest up to $200 Million to support Smallholder Farmers in Africa
The Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced at the 2022 Doha Forum, a new strategic partnership called Nanmo, or “growing together” in Arabic.
Nimmo will invest in climate-adaptive agricultural tools and technologies to build resilient food systems and markets that provide nutrition, income, and economic opportunities to small-scale producers and their communities across the African continent.
QFFD and the Gates Foundation jointly pledged up to US$200 million toward agriculture, climate resilience, and economic development projects to support smallholder farmers on drylands on the African continent. These farmers are bearing the brunt of the effects of climate change and this partnership will aim to strengthen economies in sub-Saharan Africa in four key areas:
Equity is a primary driver of inclusive growth
Enterprise as a means of job creation and poverty alleviation
Agriculture as a primary source of food, jobs, and income
Access to technologies, financial tools, and emerging best practices as a driver of productivity, nutrition, and climate adaptation
The partnership will also seek to ensure that women small-scale producers can positively contribute to, and benefit from, decisions about how their communities grow food and create jobs.
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