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Promoting Positive Livelihoods With Mitigation to Climate Change (Zimbabwe)


Titre : Promoting Positive Livelihoods With Mitigation to Climate Change (Zimbabwe)

Pays : Zimbabwe

Numéro projet : ZIM/SGP/OP4/Y3/CORE/2010/05

Domaine : Climate Change Mitigation

Durée : 2010-2011

Bénéficiaires : Zimbabwe Women’s Bureau

Zimbabwe Women’s Bureau operates in Buhera district which is in ecological region four and five. Buhera is mostly located in low rainfall and infertile areas of about 450-650mm per annum. Most smallholder farmers in the area are vulnerable to the predicted climate change as they depend on rain fed agriculture which, by its very nature and contemporary climate regimes in their locales is too risky. More than 70% of the population living in Buhera depend on subsistence farming. The environmental and social consequences of climate change, especially for the poor, put their livelihoods at risky. Increases in temperature, shifting of cropping patterns all impact agriculture and food security.
The serious problems of soil degradation and desertification in Mutiusinazita are likely to be worsened by climate change through accelerated erosion, fertility depletion, salinization and acidification. For the smallholder farmer, it represents a serious risk as they are less prepared to changes, owing to limited asset basis. Issues of food insecurity and poverty are therefore common and are likely to remain so within the current socio-economic conditions. Hence addressing the livelihood and food security issues as well as sustainable land use in Buhera is an immediate priority.

Caractéristiques et résultats
An Income Savings and Lending (ISAL) methodology program will be set up in the community to encourage savings to generate more income for the groups. Climate change impacts men and women differently. The majority of the poor in Zimbabwe are women, and therefore they are the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Therefore the climate change project will take the following specific needs into account :- • Access to resources, including the right to own land and participate in productive activities. • Equal custodianship of natural resources and production at community level. • Women to share with men the burden for collecting water, cultivating crops and caring for the family. These activities are directly impacted by temperature increases, changes in rainfall, extreme weather events, and the spread of diseases. • All members to be appraised of relevant climate change information. • Equally representation in governance structures, from community level to national government level. • Capacity building, awareness raising and education of all sexes for adaptation measures. This will include access to relevant information to reduce climate related risks through various forms (brochures in vernacular, media) and other systematic and creative means. • Women will be empowered to make their voice heard in negotiations, dialogue and decision-making (at all levels) related to climate justice.

Grant Amount (GEF Small Grants Programme) : US$ 29,520.00
Co-Finanshing in-Kind : US$ 119,450.00

GEF Small Grants Programme

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