EU GCCA+ food and nutrition programme to mitigate the impact of Covid-19 in Zimbabwe

 

Zimbabwe

 

The project will be implemented by the Centre for Coordination of Agricultural Research and Development for Southern Africa (CCADERSA), with funding from the European Union (EU) through the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

The project is an extension of the Global Climate Change Alliance Plus (GCCA+) programme which seeks to strengthen the capacity of SADC member states to undertake regional and national adaptation and mitigation actions in response to the challenges caused by the effects of climate change.

The EU has contributed Euro 8 million to the GCCA+ project to increase the capabilities of SADC member states to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change, and to have their voices better heard in the international climate change negotiations.

The pandemic has disrupted food systems, including production and marketing due to lockdowns imposed by countries. The escalating threat on livelihoods, food and nutrition security calls for urgent interventions to minimise the impact to the most affected communities.

Project beneficiaries re-emphasised the need to invest in vegetable production, honey production, papaya, moringa and baobab production and processing. Community ownership of the project activities was indicated during the project launch. Land allocated for the project and a borehole that has already been sunk together with irrigation equipment suggest good chances of success of the project as well as sustaining the project activities beyond the lifecycle of the funded activities. The project is expected to be a farmer field school and lessons will be used to replicate the model to other areas in the country.

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