Publicbanks should share funding fairly,as climate batters poor farmer

30Nov 2020
The Guardian
Publicbanks should share funding fairly,as climate batters poor farmer

​​​​​​​Funding is the act of providing resources to finance a need, programme, or project. While this is usually in the form of money, it can also take the form of effort or time from an organisation or company. Generally, this word is used when a firm uses its internal-

-reserves to satisfy its necessity for cash, while the term financing is used when the firm acquires capital from external sources.

Sources of funding include credit, venture capital, donations, grants, savings, subsidies, and taxes. Fundings such as donations, subsidies, and grants that have no direct requirement for return of investment are described as ‘soft funding’ or ‘crowd funding’ Funds can be allocated for either short-term or long-term purposes.

In economics funds are injected into the market as capital by lenders and taken as loans by borrowers. There are two ways in which the capital can end up at the borrower. The lender can lend the capital to a financial intermediary against interest. These financial intermediaries then reinvest the money against a higher rate. The use of financial intermediaries to finance operations is called indirect finance. A lender can also go the financial markets to directly lend to a borrower. This method is called direct finance.  

It is used for research, in fields of technology or social science. Research funding can split into commercial and non-commercial. Research and development departments of a corporation normally provide commercial research funding. Whereas, non-commercial research funding is obtained from charities, research councils, or government agencies. Organisations that require such funding normally have to go through competitive selections. Only those that have the most potential would be chosen. Funding is vital in ensuring the sustainability of certain projects.

Launch a business

Entrepreneurs with a business concept would want to accumulate all the necessary resources including capital to venture into a market. Funding is part of the process, as some businesses would require large start-up sums that individuals would not have.[4] These start-up funds are essential to kick-start a business idea, without it, entrepreneurs would not have the ability to carry out their concepts in the business world.

As the world’s 450 public development banks held their first summit recently, committing to put the global economy on a greener and more resilient path, data showed poor communities hit hard by climate change are receiving little financial help.

Less than 2 per cent of climate finance goes to small-scale farmers in developing nations, despite their vulnerability to worsening extreme weather and their crucial role in feeding billions of people, said a new report recently..

Funds to tackle climate change topped an average of half a trillion dollars in both 2017 and 2018, yet only $10 billion of that went to smallholder farmers each year, according to research from the U.N. International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Climate Policy Initiative think-tank.

International researchers urged donors to end hunger and tackle climate change by nearly doubling their funding to help small farmers.

Worldwide, an estimated 2 billion people grow crops on about 500 million farms of less than five hectares, providing up to 80 per cent of food produced in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, IFAD says. IFAD wants both governments and private investors to channel more money to these farmers so they can adapt to weather shifts as well as curb planet-warming emissions from their work.