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Melinda French Gates co-leads the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which at the end of 2022 announced it would invest $1.4 billion by 2025 to help farmers in lower-income countries adapt to climate change. As she writes when introducing a white paper released this summer on reforming global finance to help those most vulnerable to climate impacts: “This is about more than just fairness. It’s about the future—for all of us. Trying to build a prosperous global economy without investing in lower-income countries would be like trying to fuel the tech revolution of the 2000s while ignoring Silicon Valley. You’d be missing the future.”

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