DFID donates £21.5 million to Zimbabwean climate change fund


By Oscar Nkala | 12 February 2018
Zimbabwe; sector; farm; farmers
Zimbabwe. Photo: Sean Christie

The British Department for International Development (DFID) has granted £21.5 million to fund a programme to build Zimbabwean smallholder farmers’ resilience against climate change.

The Zimbabwe Resilience Building Fund (ZRBF) will be managed by the Harare office of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), with the Zimbabwean Ministry of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement as lead implementing partner.

“Climate change is already evident here. This year, we have been experiencing hotter days and higher frequency of dry spells during the rainy season. Without adapting, poverty, food insecurity and environmental degradation will continue to be serious challenges in Zimbabwe, particularly in rural areas. This adds to the difficulties of the estimated 1 million Zimbabweans who are currently food insecure,” says DFID Zimbabwe head Annabel Gerry about the 5-year programme.

The project intends to read over 180 000 people in 18 rural districts. It will help farmers cope with climate change through the adoption of climate-smart agriculture, community-based natural resources management, productive asset creation, access to finance and value chain development.

Also read:
EU funds to promote climate-smart agriculture for smallholder farmers in Southern Africa
£90m for development of “super-crops” and livestock vaccines for Africa
AgDevCo invests US$1.5m in Mozambican banana plantation