Mercy Corps Delivers Commitments to Help Fragile States Tackle the Global Climate Emergency as UN Convenes Climate Action Summit

September 23, 2019

The global organization will help millions of people better adapt to climate change, marshal $40M in private sector funding for climate resilience by 2022

WASHINGTON, DC — As UN Secretary-General António Guterres convenes the UN Climate Action Summit to accelerate action in the face of a global climate emergency, the global organization Mercy Corps is answering his call for governments, the private sector and civil society to make firm commitments to tackle climate change.

Leveraging the organization’s 40 years of experience working in fragile states and building resilience in the face of challenges spanning conflict, poverty and weather disasters, Mercy Corps is making the following commitments:

  • Helping 2 million people participating in Mercy Corps programs in fragile and conflict-affected places improve their capacities to better adapt to changing climate conditions by 2022.
  • Marshaling at least $40 million in private sector funding by 2022 to help people prepare for, withstand and respond to a drastically changing climate.
  • Advancing climate-smart development for over 3 million smallholder farmers on the frontlines of climate change by 2025, through Mercy Corps’ AgriFin program. AgriFin brings together more than 100 private sector partners to design, test and scale high impact, digital services for smallholder farmers, from better seeds to banking services to real-time weather and market information.
  • Deploying strategies and contributing actionable evidence and research that address climate drivers of conflict and help communities in fragile, conflict-affected states adapt to climate change.

Climate change is one of the primary forces destabilizing fragile communities in many of the 40 countries where Mercy Corps works. The organization has long worked with vulnerable communities and individuals to adapt to a rapidly changing climate. This includes addressing the climate drivers of conflict and violence, increasing the use of and access to climate information in decision-making, fostering climate-smart economic opportunities and integrating adaptation and disaster risk reduction strategies into development programs and local, national and international policies.