Side event

Money talks: What’s holding us back to better harness climate finance to build resilient food systems?


Patty Fong

Global Alliance for the Future of Food (GAFF)
Job title
Program Director, Climate and Health & Well-Being

Pieternell Boogard

FMO - Deutch Development Bank
Job title
Global Head of Agribusiness, Food & Water

Samira Holobahduring

World Food Programme
Job title
Coordinator of Resilient Local Food Supply Chains Alliance

Core message


Smallholder farmers and pastoralists bear the brunt of climate change impacts and unsustainable food systems. They are asked to adapt to a changing climate and produce more food whilst keeping costs down and ensuring sustainability. Farmers need greater access to funds to improve adaptation and mitigation measures to meet these demands. Yet the existing financing architecture alone cannot bridge this gap without innovative and scalable financing solutions grounded in robust evidence.

The session will bring together diverse stakeholders from donors, investors, private sector, farmer representatives, and civil society to discuss how public and private finance can better support climate adaptation in local food systems in Africa. Discussions will explore opportunities within traditional sources of adaptation finance and more innovative approaches to financing local food systems adaptation, such as blended finance. The session will analyse what is holding back the much needed investment in climate adaptation in agriculture and livestock, particularly for small-scale producers and pastoralists.



Advancing Livestock for Climate (ALIVE4C)

In collaboration with:

Dutch Entrepreneurial Development Bank (FMO)

Global Alliance for the Future of Food (GAFF)

International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)

Resilient Local Food Supply Chains Alliance (WFP)