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First-of-its-kind Report Finds U.S. Banking Sector Far More Exposed to Climate Risk Than Previously Understood by Stakeholders, Disclosed by Banks

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More than half of syndicated lending of major U.S. banks is exposed to climate risk, potentially leading to significant losses for the banking sector and the broader economy.

Calls grow louder for U.S. banks to set Paris-aligned emissions reduction targets in the coming year.

Idris and Sabrina Elba Are Calling for Investments in Rural Agriculture to Fight Rising Hunger

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The theme of this year’s World Food Day on Oct. 16 is “Grow, Nourish, Sustain. Together.” The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is leading the global effort to empower farmers to end hunger. You can join us in taking action to support IFAD here.

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The theme of this year’s World Food Day on Oct. 16 is “Grow, Nourish, Sustain. Together.” The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is leading the global effort to empower farmers to end hunger. You can join us in taking action to support IFAD here.

Whole Planet Foundation Launches Annual Poverty Is Unnecessary Project

Online Auction to alleviate global poverty through microcredit
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This October, Whole Planet Foundation celebrates its global impact on poverty and the partners who further its mission. In 2005, Whole Foods Market launched Whole Planet Foundation, its non-profit dedicated to global poverty alleviation through microcredit in communities around the world where the company sources products.  The Poverty is Unnecessary Project spotlights Poverty is Unnecessary Fund supplier partners who collectively are committed to donating $250,000 and culminates in the foundation’s signature Annual Benefit and Auction via an online format. 

Scotiabank Backs Efforts to Support Black-Led Businesses

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In the latest in a series of efforts to support Black-led businesses and Black communities, Scotiabank is proud to support the Government of Canada’s Black Entrepreneurship Program announced on Wednesday. The partnership between the Federal Government, Scotiabank and other Canadian financial institutions will ultimately collectively commit up to $128 million in lending capital for the program’s Black Entrepreneurship Fund. 

Whole Planet Foundation and Microfinance Partners Respond to the COVID-19 Crisis: Update

by Daniel Zoltani, Global Programs Director
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In March, I wrote the blog Whole Planet Foundation and Microfinance Partners Respond to the COVID-19 Crisis around how those living in poverty are already in a more vulnerable position, which can be further exacerbated during any external shock such as war, earthquakes, droughts or health crises.

Last-Mile Investment in Malawi: A Whole Planet Foundation Interview with GGEM Farming's Ko Chijota

by Zoe So, Regional Director for Eastern & Southern Africa
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The Whole Planet Foundation team is excited to introduce our new partnership with GGEM Farming, a young social enterprise operating out of Nkhotakota, on the shores of Lake Malawi. GGEM Farming is the first partner we are engaging under a new initiative to make our funding more accessible to early stage, locally-led companies. Such companies often have programs that are informed by deep knowledge of the local context, and the staff are rooted in the communities where they work.

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