DOHA, Qatar (March 27, 2022) – The Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today announced at the 2022 Doha Forum a new strategic partnership called Nanmo, or “growing together” in Arab. Nanmo will invest in climate-smart agricultural tools and technologies to build resilient food systems and markets that deliver nutrition, income and economic opportunity to smallholder producers and their communities across the African continent.
The QFFD and the Gates Foundation have jointly pledged up to US$200 million for agriculture, climate resilience and economic development projects to support smallholder farmers in drylands across the African continent. These farmers are bearing the brunt of the effects of climate change and this partnership will aim to strengthen the economies of sub-Saharan Africa in four key areas:
- Equity as the main driver of inclusive growth
- Enterprise as a Means of Job Creation and Poverty Reduction
- Agriculture as main 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 produce food and create jobs.
“Hundreds of millions of smallholder farmers, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, are already seeing their livelihoods threatened by higher temperatures and changing weather patterns,” said Bill Gates. “We are building on our long-standing collaboration with QFFD to help these farmers adapt. Together, we can prevent millions from falling into poverty and hunger due to climate change and increase agricultural yields to kick-start equitable economic growth where it is needed most.
The strategic partnership was announced by Bill Gates and Mr. Khalifa Al-Kuwari, Managing Director of QFFD, in the presence of Gates Foundation CEO Mark Suzman during a panel at the Doha Forum. It will support climate-smart tools, practices, policies and markets as sustainable drivers of resilient food systems that provide nutrition, income and economic opportunity to small-scale producers and their communities. It will also include systems-level research and country-level implementation to adapt to local environments.
One of the first Nanmo-funded projects will focus on improving the livelihoods of low-income women farmers in a number of African countries, working with the World Poultry Foundation to provide them with improved breeds of chicken for production. eggs and meat.
Mr. Khalifa Al-Kuwari said, “We are delighted to announce a new initiative in collaboration with our strategic partner, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, called Nanmo, which aims to ensure that the Sustainable Development Goals are achieved everywhere. He added, “We are hopeful that these valuable partnerships will expand our efforts to improve the lives of vulnerable communities, ensuring their economic security in the context of this ever-changing planet.”
The partnership will also fund projects with a clear pathway to achieve impact on multiple United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including poverty reduction, agricultural transformation, nutrition and economic empowerment of youth, women and men. women and young people. Such investments are particularly important at a time when conflict in one part of the world can threaten food security worldwide.
“A thriving agricultural sector generates economic growth, but that growth does not automatically benefit everyone equally,” said Melinda French Gates, co-chair of the Gates Foundation. “Nanmo is not just about protecting agriculture from climate change. It is also about ensuring that smallholder farmers, including millions of women, can lift themselves out of poverty and invest in a better future for their families and communities.
The Gates Foundation has spent more than $5 billion since 2009 to advance agricultural development to meet the needs of smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Stronger food systems for smallholder farmers are urgently needed to avert deeper hunger crises in drylands. This will help boost economies and improve farmers’ ability to respond and adapt to climate change.
About the Qatar Fund for Development
The QFFD is a Qatari public institution committed, on behalf of the State of Qatar, to implementing foreign aid projects in accordance with international best practices and standards.
Since 2012, the QFFD has been providing aid to many countries in line with the international cooperation goals of the Qatar National Vision 2030. Its main objective is to achieve inclusive and sustainable development by tackling priority global issues in education, health and economic development. Within this framework, priority is given to the following Sustainable Development Goals:
- SDG 3: “Ensure a life of good health and well-being for all”;
- SDG 4: “Ensure equitable and inclusive education for all and enhance lifelong learning for all”;
- SDG 8: “Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth and maintain full and productive employment and decent work for all.”
To achieve optimal development impact, QFFD projects are also designed to have cross-cutting co-benefits within SDG 2 “Zero Hunger” and SDG 6 “Ensure availability and sustainable management of drinking water and sanitation for all”, in addition to SDG 17 “Partnerships to achieve the goals.”
QFFD cooperates with many reputable players through strategic partnerships both locally and internationally. These include civil society organizations, government agencies, UN agencies and the private sector.
About the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation strives to help everyone lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and empowering them to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it aims to ensure that all people, especially those with the fewest resources, have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and in life. Based in Seattle, Washington, the foundation is led by CEO Mark Suzman, under the direction of co-chairs Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates and the board of trustees.
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