The Centre for Co-ordination of Agricultural Research and Development for Southern Africa (CCARDESA) is mitigating COVID-19’s impact on the region’s food and nutrition security through climate smart technologies projects that are an extension of the Global Climate Change Alliance Plus (EU GCCA+) programme.
The project on mitigating the impact of Covid-19 on food and nutrition security using Climate Smart Technologies, which is funded by the European Union (EU) through the Southern African Development Community (SADC), may be useful in providing alternative livelihood sources in Zambia.
Scaling up the project may reduce the area cleared for cultivation, provide training and information services that encourage afforestation resulting in more children gaining consistent access to education, contributing to the broader social development agenda.
Similar Climate smart projects have been launched in eSwatini, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Zambia. The profile of beneficiaries is diverse and includes women and youth.
In his remarks, the representative of the District Commissioner, Mr Chitambala Agrippa, expressed gratitude to the EU for supporting the district and committed the district towards supporting the implementation of the project. A reconnaissance drive through Mufumbwe village and into the surrounding forests revealed active deforestation driven by slash and burn agriculture, locally known as chitemene, for small scale shifting cultivation.
In Zambia, land use change and forestry (and agriculture are widely recognised as a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and contribute significantly to climate change.
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