IFAD / COP28 NETHERLANDS COMMITMENT

01-Dec-2023 00:04:09
The Government of the Netherlands dramatically increases its financial commitment to the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development to help the agency support small-scale farmers adapt to climate change. IFAD
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STORY: IFAD / COP28 NETHERLANDS COMMITMENT
TRT: 4:09
SOURCE: IFAD
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE:01 DECEMBER 2023, DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES / FILE
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FILE - JORDAN

1.Various shots, farmland in Jordan

01 DECEMBER 2023, DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

2.SOUNDBITE (English) Liesje Schreinemacher, Minister for Foreign Trade And Development Cooperation, Kingdom Of The Netherlands:
“Climate change poses a serious threat to global food production.
Small-scale farmers are on the front line of this unfolding crisis and they need our support. They are being hit hard by droughts, floods and extreme temperatures, especially in Africa. And it's not just their livelihoods that are at stake.The entire planet's food security is at stake as well.”

FILE - SUDAN

3.Various shots, farmland

FILE – Indonesia

4.Wide shot, farmland

01 DECEMBER 2023, DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

5. SOUNDBITE (English) Liesje Schreinemacher, Minister for Foreign Trade And Development Cooperation, Kingdom Of The Netherlands:
“These farmers need more resources for climate adaptation. And we have a responsibility to help provide these resources. As we all know, the climate finance gap is significant. For Africa alone, it's projected to reach 100 to 130 billion dollars a year by 2030. We cannot allow this situation to continue. And that's why the Netherlands will increase its climate finance to more than 1.8 billion euros a year by 2025.”

FILE – COMBADIA

6. Various shots, farmland

FILE – KENYA

7. Various shots, farmland

01 DECEMBER 2023, DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

8. SOUNDBITE (English) Liesje Schreinemacher, Minister for Foreign Trade And Development Cooperation, Kingdom Of The Netherlands:
“We fully support IFAD's agenda to double its impact on smallholder productivity, income and resilience. And we are backing up our words with action by pledging 150 million dollars to IFAD's 13th replenishment. Farmers in vulnerable areas are facing a crisis that they did not create. And that's not just their problem. It's a problem for all of us. So we must work together to bridge the finance gap. Organizations like IFAD play a vital role in this regard. Let us support them and continue to strive for zero hunger worldwide.”

FILE – GUATEMALA

9. Various shots, Guatemala
10. Various shots, Cameroon

FILE – ROME

11. Various shots, exterior IFAD
STORYLINE
The Government of the Netherlands dramatically increases its financial commitment to the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development to help the agency support small-scale farmers adapt to climate change.

Small-scale farmers across the world received a boost this afternoon from the Dutch government, in their battle to adapt to climate change.

Despite producing one third of the world’s food and up to 70 percent of the food in low and middle-income countries. Many of them live in poverty. About 80 percent of the world’s poorest people live in rural areas. They are also on the front line of climate change.

In a video message broadcast this afternoon, at COP 28 in Dubai, UAE, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Liesje Schreinemacher expressed the importance of supporting rural producers.

SOUNDBITE (English) Liesje Schreinemacher, Minister for Foreign Trade And Development Cooperation, Kingdom Of The Netherlands:
“Climate change poses a serious threat to global food production.
Small-scale farmers are on the front line of this unfolding crisis and they need our support. They are being hit hard by droughts, floods and extreme temperatures, especially in Africa. And it's not just their livelihoods that are at stake.The entire planet's food security is at stake as well.”

IFAD funds rural development projects and programmes that are implemented hand in hand with rural populations so that they can adapt to climate change, boost and diversify their production sustainably, and access markets, technologies and finance which they need to earn a living income and move out of hunger and poverty.

The Dutch Minister said it was important to increase its investment in climate finance.

SOUNDBITE (English) Liesje Schreinemacher, Minister for Foreign Trade And Development Cooperation, Kingdom Of The Netherlands:
“These farmers need more resources for climate adaptation. And we have a responsibility to help provide these resources. As we all know, the climate finance gap is significant. For Africa alone, it's projected to reach 100 to 130 billion dollars a year by 2030. We cannot allow this situation to continue.

And that's why the Netherlands will increase its climate finance to more than 1.8 billion euros a year by 2025.”

IFAD President Alvaro Lario who is currently at COP 28 is calling on leaders to urgently respond to growing global food insecurity, intractable poverty and the intensifying impacts of climate change on some of the world’s poorest small-scale farmers and rural populations.

The Dutch minister reiterated her government’s support for IFAD’s work.

SOUNDBITE (English) Liesje Schreinemacher, Minister for Foreign Trade And Development Cooperation, Kingdom Of The Netherlands:
“We fully support IFAD's agenda to double its impact on smallholder productivity, income and resilience. And we are backing up our words with action by pledging 150 million dollars to IFAD's 13th replenishment. Farmers in vulnerable areas are facing a crisis that they did not create. And that's not just their problem. It's a problem for all of us. So we must work together to bridge the finance gap. Organizations like IFAD play a vital role in this regard.
Let us support them and continue to strive for zero hunger worldwide.”

IFAD is calling on Member States to pledge towards its 13th replenishment (2025-2027) for US$2 billion in new financing from its member states to implement rural development programmes worth US$10 billion, thanks to the fund’s capacity to leverage additional borrowing, and to assemble development finance from other international financial institutions, governments and private investors.
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