Building Capacity to Adapt to Climate Change in Zambia and Zimbabwe

This project seeks to improve incentives and opportunities for households in southern Zambia and southwestern Zimbabwe to cope with climate change. It will do so by investing in improved production technologies of practical value to small-scale farmers and encouraging their adoption by linking their dissemination with complementary investment in weather forecasting and projects of a useful nature (humanitarian relief, input provision, product marketing).

The idea is to make the capabilities rather than the vulnerabilities of the poor the starting point for moderating the negative effects of climate change on agricultural production. Key interventions will include strengthening local institutions, building demand-led rural services, designing decision-support tools for managing smallholder assets including livestock, and developing new technologies for natural resource use under variable rainfall. Once identified and evaluated, the adaptation strategies will be used to prevent or mitigate the effects of climate change.

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Start Date

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

End Date

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


36 months

IDRC Officer

Kituyi, Evans N.

Total funding

CA$ 1,056,404


Zambia, Zimbabwe, North of Sahara, South of Sahara


Climate Change

Project Leader

Prof. Francis Themba Mugabe


Midlands State University

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