If the climate crisis continues, every man woman and child on the planet will be affected — but did you know that farmers are already feeling the heat? Many people in countries like Zambia and Kenya are reliant on small plots of land to grow the food on which they survive, and changes in weather patterns can leave families struggling without the nutritious food they need.

Unless leaders come together to ensure the resilience of these farmers in the face of climate change and invest funds into crops that can withstand temperature rises, we cannot hope to build a world without extreme poverty and hunger.

Luckily, there is a plan to ensure farmers are protected. A global agriculture network (the CGIAR) is planning crucial research into new methods to protect an incredible 300 million smallholder farmers from the effects of the climate crisis. 

But if this goal is to be achieved, world leaders will need to double their pledges to research into resilient agriculture. We hear that Germany, Norway, and the World Bank are considering a commitment — but might need a little encouragement. On September 23, the UN will host the Climate Action Summit with the ambition of accelerating actions to tackle climate change. This is the perfect opportunity for leaders to step up.

Your voice matters and can help ensure Germany, Norway, and the World Bank step up in a way that inspires others to do so as well. 

Write a short note about why you think it’s so important for them pledge new funds to stop the climate crisis and protect smallholder farmers. We’ll pick out the most thoughtful notes and share them with these leaders ahead of the Climate Action Summit.

Need some tips? Here are some points for you to consider in your message:

  • Climate change is already affecting farmers’ abilities to grow good food.
  • An agriculture research network (called CGIAR) is aiming to support 300 million small-scale farmers to withstand the impacts of climate change.
  • With extra funding, CGIAR will do research into crops that can still grow even in the face of global temperature rises and more extreme weather events, like droughts and floods.
  • We are calling on three donors to double their funding to CGIAR:
    • Norway: an additional $16.5 million to $33 million.
    • Germany: an additional $30 million to $60 million.
    • World Bank: an additional $35 million to $70 million.