German development minister commits €60 million to climate resillience measures for smallholder farmers
On May 21, 2019, German Development Minister Gerd Müller hosted a meeting of the Global Commission on Adaptation. The meeting was chaired by former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank Chief Excutive Kristalina Georgieva. During the meeting, Minister Müller pledged to support 60 million smallholder farmers, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, to become climate-resilient by 2030.
Germany plans to reach this goal by distributing drought-resistant seeds and water-saving irrigation, as well as microinsurances to protect farmers from crop loss. Climate change mitigation and adaptation are a focus area of Germany's development cooperation. In 2017, the German government committed €3.6 billion (US$4.1 billion) to international climate finance. Well over 80% of German funding for international climate finance comes from the budget of the Federal Minstry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).