Farmers reap benefits from community seed banks

By Nyaradzo Nyere Various types of small grains are stored at community seed banks, set up by a local non-governmental organization (NGO), Community Technology Development Trust (CTDT), as a mechanism to promote food security and climate change adaptation. Patrick Kasasa, CTDT programmes manager (Agriculture Biodiversity), said the organisation started working on community seed banks (CSBs) […]

Small grains and climate change — A stitch in time saves nine

WHILE it is unarguable that Zimbabwe’s economy is largely driven by agriculture where a majority of its population especially in the countryside depend on it for their livelihood, the past two decades have witnessed fluctuations in the production of its staple crop — maize due to factors associated with climate change. The changes in climate […]

IRENA and UN agree to jointly combat desertification through renewable

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Secretariat of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) are joining forces to support climate adaptation and resilience and to implement UN Sustainable Development Goals through renewable. In a Memorandum of Understanding signed today by IRENA’s Director-General Francesco La Camera and UNCCD’s Executive Secretary Ibrahim Thiaw, […]

‘Take part in climate change mitigation’

Stakeholders in the public and private sectors have been urged to participate in climate change mitigation and adaptation in order to safeguard human lives, livestock and wildlife, as well as attain Vision 2030. The call was made by Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement Minister Perrance Shiri during the official opening of an Inter-Ministerial […]

Adapting African agriculture to climate change  

Climate change is already putting huge stress on Africa’s food production systems   And, according to projections, worse is coming. As ministers for agriculture from across the continent gather in Kigali for the Africa Food Security Leadership Dialogue (August 5 and August 6 2019), ensuring a secure and sustainable food supply must be at the centre […]

Climate change a burgeoning reality and emerging environmental risk factor

Climate change a burgeoning reality and emerging environmental risk factor THERE is a strong consensus in the international scientific community that climate change is occurring and the impacts are already a reality in some parts of Africa where climate change mitigation, adaptation and environmental monitoring are now a priority on their development agendas. In sub-Saharan […]

Solar water pumps raise new hope for Lupane folk

Solar water pumps raise new hope for Lupane folk Malfunctioning boreholes and general water scarcity at the Sibangani 2 Village under the Daluka Ward of Lupane district, about 157km west of Bulawayo, would make Nurse Dube’s heart heavier and worn out sinking her into untold misery. Each day, with her neighbours, they would wake up […]