Developing climate change mitigation and adaptation responses through climate smart agriculture in Zimbabwe


As a member of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Zimbabwe has been actively participating in global efforts to address climate change through various programmes, including the National Climate Change Response Strategy (NCCRS), the Climate Policy (CP), Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), Agricultural policies and other adaptation plans and mitigation actions.
Green Impact Trust (GIT), a local non-governmental organization, applied to UNFCCC Climate Technology Center and Network (CTCN), through the UNFCCC CTCN National Designated Entity (NDE) from Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate (MEWC) and was successful in receiving UNFCCC CTCN Technical Assistance to developing a climate smart agriculture manual for university level and professional level agriculture education in Zimbabwe. The programme will be supported by Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate, Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanization and Irrigation Development, Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development.
With agriculture being one of the largest contributors to economic growth and development through direct and indirect employment, food security and other development indicators, it becomes vital to increase the country’s adaptive capacity to the negative impacts of climate change. Climate Smart Agriculture, a UN FAO concept, focuses on increasing agricultural productivity and incomes, increasing resilience through adaptation and reducing or removing greenhouse gas emissions where possible. Climate Smart Agriculture ensures that communities are able to increase their productivity and incomes, and resilience to the impacts of climate change whilst also contributing to the reduction in greenhouse gasses.

Green Impact is a registered Trust, Reg No. MA1315/2014, that works with government and business in promoting Climate-Smart Agriculture programmes as a response to climate change. Green Impact programmes focus on developing higher and tertiary institutions as centers of excellence in increasing the adaptive capacity of agricultural communities to climate change.

To promote and sustain climate smart agriculture initiatives, develop and manage capacity building, mentorship, climate smart technologies and entrepreneurial programmes with higher and tertiary institutions as a contribution to sustainable development, climate change mitigation and adaptation for environmental, social and economic development of Zimbabwe.

Project Summary
Green Impact programmes aim to alleviate the negative impacts of climate change which continue to threaten the sustainability and business of agriculture in communities which mostly depend on agriculture-based livelihoods. Green Impact engages students from agricultural colleges, across the country, in implementing Climate Smart Agriculture across the value chain, focusing activities behind and beyond the farm gate.

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