Zimbabwe gets US$47 million from Green Climate Fund

By Rumbidzai Takawira
ZIMBABWE has been awarded a $26 million US dollar grant under the Green Climate Fund with Co-Financing of $21 million US dollars which is set to benefit more than 2 million people through projects that address environmental shocks from the effects of climate change.
Southern Africa has faced climatic change challenges which have resulted in floods, tropical cyclones and droughts causing a decline in agricultural yields and impacting negatively on the livelihoods of smallholder farmers across Zimbabwe.
The Board of the Green Climate Fund this Wednesday approved funding of $26, 574, 567 allocated to Zimbabwe. With a provision for co-financing, an additional $21,243,820 was approved in consultation with treasury, bringing the total to 47 million dollars, the biggest amount received by the country so far under the Green Climate Fund.
Speaking to ZBC News this Thursday, Permanent Secretary for Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Munesu Munodawafa said the approved fund is set to address projected climate impacts and build the resilience of smallholder farmers in three semi-arid regions across the country.
“The main components of this fund include revitalisation of irrigation schemes in the various areas where such schemes have been needing attention and climate-resilient agriculture and climate information. This project will essentially target three provinces these being Manicaland, Masvingo and Matabeleland South, the current scope will be limited to those three provinces covering 15 districts within the three provinces,” said Munodawafa.
Director of Climate Change Management in the ministry, Washington Zhakata highlighted the need for robust irrigation infrastructure for smallholder farmers to ensure the fund is pivotal in addressing food insecurity in the targeted regions.
“Zimbabwe is highly vulnerable to climate change and our rivers have been silting resulting in a shortage of water for irrigation and drinking and livestock, so this fund is focusing on southern Zimbabwe looking at how we can assist the smallholder farmers who mainly rely on rain-fed agriculture utilise irrigation potential in those areas and renewable energy such as solar power and teaching them how to efficiently utilise the water available,” highlighted Zhakata.
Agriculture alone requires billions of dollars to cope with climate change and in light of the huge funding requirements, support from UN mechanisms such as the Green Climate Fund play a pivotal role in assisting Zimbabwe towards achieving its Sustainable Development goals.