Bill Gates, founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, gestures as he takes part in a discussion organised by British magazine The Economist about expected breakthroughs in the next 15 years in health, education, farming and banking on January, 22, 2015 in Brussels. AFP PHOTO / EMMANUEL DUNAND (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

Bill Gates, for example, is one of the most devoted philanthropists to climate change issues. Over the past two years, his charity, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has donated more than $1 billion to clean energy research and development. His latest commitment to the cause, however, tackles the problem from a fresh angle.
On Wednesday, the Gates Foundation announced a $300 million grant to help farmers in Africa and Asia adapt to climate change through innovations in agriculture. The pledge was announced while Gates was attending the 2017 global climate summit in Paris, the second anniversary of the 2015 Paris Agreement.
“This is a pivotal moment. We need to adapt to the climate change that is already affecting the planet, and develop new tools that will keep the problem from getting worse. Innovation is key to doing both,” Gates wrote in a LinkedIn postthis morning. “Scientific advances in crop science, for …