From October 21 to November 12, 2021, parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) gathered in Glasgow for the Conference of Parties (COP) 26. At what was widely considered among participants and the public as the most important climate summit since COP21 in 2015, where the Paris Agreement was adopted, CGIAR was recognized as a vital knowledge and science partner for climate action in food, land, and water systems.

At COP26, there was mounting recognition that food, land, and water system transformations are essential to keep global warming well below 2˚C above pre-industrial levels, and increasing acknowledgment of the critical contribution these systems make to climate resilience.

During COP26, CGIAR leadership spoke in high-level fora, and CGIAR entities co-hosted more than a dozen events on topics such as the development of climate-smart agriculture investment plans, challenges and opportunities for climate adaption, aquatic food systems, water and climate smart agriculture, and sustainable livestock systems, with CGIAR researchers participating in many more events throughout the summit.

In an official side-event with the African Development Bank, Claudia Sadoff (Executive Management Team Convener Managing Director, Research Delivery and Impact) introduced CGIAR’s portfolio and Aly Abousabaa (CGIAR Regional Director, Central and West Asia and North Africa [CWANA], and Director General of the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas [ICARDA]) presented a new climate-focused CGIAR Initiative for CWANA. Ana Maria Loboguerrero (Research Director for Climate Action, Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT) gave an overview of a new CGIAR Initiative for climate adaptation.

Also at COP26, investors made significant pledges during the World Leaders Summit and on Nature and Land Use Day to CGIAR. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Bank, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Canada, Sweden, Belgium, and the UK pledged to CGIAR.

“Climate impacts on food production are an existential threat for several hundred million people who depend on agriculture to support their families.”

“CGIAR has been delivering high-impact solutions to smallholder farmers for half a century and I’m confident they can lead a global effort to develop the innovations needed to adapt to a changing climate.”

Bill Gates, Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Snapshot: Funding pledges in 2021

Funding pledges to CGIAR in 2021 totaled more than US$1 billion.

At COP26:

  • The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation pledged US$315 million over the next three years.
  • USAID pledged US$215 million over five years.
  • The World Bank reaffirmed a commitment made at the last Climate Action Summit to provide US$60 million for CGIAR adaptation work in Africa. Together with ongoing contributions, the World Bank could potentially provide US$150 million over the next three years.
  • The UK pledged US$55 million over the next two years.
  • Canada pledged US$45 million over the next three years.
  • Sweden pledged US$14 million for 2022.
  • Belgium announced plans to release an additional US$14 million, subject to parliamentary approval.

These pledges are in addition to:

  • US$256 million pledged by the European Commission, the Netherlands, and Belgium at the September Global Citizen Live. This pledge included the following: US$162.4 million from the European Commission; US$87 million from the Netherlands; and US$7 million from Belgium.

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