In a conference call during the Global Climate Action Summit held in San
Francisco on September 12-14, 2018, Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill and
Melinda Gates Foundation, said that the power of innovation should extend to
climate change. Gates believes that innovation will be key to confronting
climate change, helping those affected by it, and meeting the growing demand
Gates said that majority of the suffering will be smallholder farmers who
often "don't have enough savings or buffer stock to make it through a bad
year without being in a situation where they don't have enough to eat." He
added that the consequences are hunger and malnutrition.
In the interview, Gates said, "What we have to do is help these farmers with
farming techniques and new seeds - seeds that deal with drought better, that
deal with flooding better, that are just basically more productive. Some of
those new seeds will use advanced science that people call GMO to get that
doubling in productivity and deal with drought and avoid the starvation."