Coping with Drought and Climate Change in Zimbabwe
Leading Organization:United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Implementing Agency and Partnering Organizations:UNDP, Environmental Management Agency of Zimbabwe; Government Ministries: Agriculture, Local Government and Urban Development, Public Service, Labor and Social Welfare, Gender and Women Development NGOs and CBOs; Tertiary Institutions; Private Sector
This project seeks to develop and pilot a range of coping mechanisms for reducing the vulnerability of small-holder farmers and pastoralists in rural Zimbabwe to future climate shocks. Implementation Status The CEO approved this project in Dec 2006. Since then the UNDP Project Document has been created, approved by the Local Project Advisory Committee and the Delegation of Authority (DOA) has been issued. The DOA is currently in the process of being signed by the UNDP RR and Government Counterpart. It is anticipated that the inception meeting will be held by the 4th quarter of 2007 or as soon as the project team is hired and in place.
Objective: To demonstrate and promote adoption of a range of gender segregated approaches for adaptation to climate change among rural communities currently engaged in agriculture in vulnerable areas of Chiredzi district as a national model.
- Outcome 1: National institutions have capacity to improve knowledge base to facilitate climate change adaptation
- Outcome 2: Livelihood strategies and resilience of vulnerable farmers/pastoralists in the selected pilot sites improved and sustained to cope with drought
- Outcome 3: Use of climate early warning systems by vulnerable communities in pilot sites increase and drought preparedness improved.
- Outcome 4: Farmers/pastoralists outside the pilot site replicate successful approaches to cope with drought
Objective: By end of project, number of farmers growing a mix of more than four crops including (sorghum, pearl millet, open pollinated variety (opv) maize, groundnuts, cowpeas and cassava increase to at least 60%).By end of project number of farmers using infield rainwater harvesting increase to at least 10%.
- Outcome 1: By end of project 100% awareness level is achieved among farmers in project area
- Outcome 2:Number of households using adapted crop and livestock management practices increase to 20% by end of project. NB: 20% of 1600 farmers
- Outcome 3: By end of project number of farmers using climatic information increase to 60%. (This is percentage of the 1600 farmers in pilot sites)
- Outcome 4:By the end of the project lessons from project sites will have been documented and disseminated widely.
Project Status:Under Implementation
Primary Beneficiaries:Local Communities in Chiredzi District and Small holder farmers