Author: Joy Mlambo

Livestock Production in the Face of Climate Change

Sparsely distributed Mopani vegetation characterised by patches of grass can be noted when entering ward 30 of Buhera District. In some places, vast areas of bare soil with little or no sign of grass can be seen.  Of particular note is the heat and dryness of the area. It is seen that the maize crop that people had planted has wilted and hope of attaining a harvest is dim. Emily Matingo, a climate change scientist in the Climate Change Management Department under the Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate had this to say, “Due to climate change, some areas...

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Using The Climate Smart Village Approach To Build Climate Resilience In Chiredzi

To date, three climate-smart villages have successfully been set up in Chiredzi district, helping farmers adapt and build resilience to climate change in a holistic way. This has been achieved by implementing interventions that enable communities to increase their agricultural productivity and income, while contributing to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Dr Unganai the Project Manager explains on this more, “The approach is such that communities in a village are equipped to improve their resilience to climate change by introducing a variety of measures which are weather, water, carbon, nitrogen, energy and knowledge smart. Incremental concentration of these...

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Rainwater Harvesting and Integrated Planning for Resilience

Integrated planning for resilience The effects of climate change have become common, however a cumulative effort is necessary if resilience is to be build. Emily Matingo a Climate Change Scientist from the Climate Change Management Department in the Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate elaborates on this, “When there are climate extremes, such as drought, water levels decrease thus affecting the mandate of ZINWA whose vision rides on providing universal and affordable clean and safe water to drink and for domestic and other purposes.  However, due to a decrease in water, livestock suffer as there is not enough water...

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Towards Zimbabwe’s National Adaptation Plan

In the Chiredzi district of Masvingo province, hell hath no fury like climate extremes. The district has seen its fair share of climatic shocks ranging from relentless high temperature extremes to increased frequency in hailstorms and flash floods while drought has become a norm. Like Chiredzi, many other districts in Zimbabwe are increasingly becoming vulnerable to similar and more severe climatic shocks.  In the absence of long-term adaptation measures, climate change continues to create a state of vulnerability to climate impacts in these communities with women being the worst affected. Experts say that this situation is not unique. The...

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Changing Mindsets in the Face of a Changing Climate

Climate change has become one of the worst global crises of the 21st century. Whether one believes this phenomenon or not, its effects have been and will remain relentless especially on developing countries already crippled by poverty. Collective global action on climate change must therefore no longer be an agenda item for discussion, but a priority. There is undoubtedly therefore a dire need to bring to bare all necessary resources and efforts to fight climate change by means of both mitigation and adaptation. In the face of this increasing environmental crisis and in addition to the already existing social and economic hardships in the global environment, youth and children are amongst the worst affected. That notwithstanding, there is an increasing appreciation of the little taped energy and creativity latent in this demographic of the population. As a result, the Development Reality Institute (DRI) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) partnered to promote and support innovation by young people in the energy sector. The youth and child focused initiative seeks to support social innovations addressing climate change and other environmental challenges. The project titled Green Innovations Hub (GiHUB) has the overall objective of igniting social change and unlocking young people’s potential in contributing to achieving sustainable development through social innovation. The work of the GiHUB recognises that it is not enough to just make available resources, but to also...

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