For the two billion people around the world who depend on smallholder farming for their livelihoods, extreme weather can push them into poverty. Climate risk insurance (CRI) is a tool that can help people build their resilience, plan their future and recover when disaster strikes. In March, we asked you to write to your MP to encourage Secretary of State for International Development Justine Greening to commit new funding towards the G7 ‘InsuResilience’ Initiative at the World Humanitarian Summit (23-24 May). With just weeks to go until the Summit, and many important aspects of the future of humanitarian response to be discussed, the pressure is on to ensure that CRI stays firmly in the minds of leaders.
In the run-up to the Summit, please write directly to the Minister of State for International Development, Rt Hon Desmond Swayne MP, who leads on humanitarian issues within DFID, asking him to announce a UK commitment of at least £100 million in new and additional funding towards the G7 Initiative, with at least half targeted towards scaling up microinsurance.