Climate Risks in Food for Peace Geographies: Zimbabwe
This profile provides an overview of climate risks to key sectors that impact food security in Zimbabwe: crop production; livestock; human health and nutrition; water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); pesticide use; and invasive species. The document describes historical trends and projected changes in climate by mid-century, livelihood zones in FFP geographies, and climate risks to the key food security-related sectors within the FFP geographies.
Zimbabwe faces recurrent food insecurity driven by political and economic instability, land tenure insecurity, rapid population growth, and climate-related impacts to agriculture. Agriculture, the backbone of Zimbabwe’s economy, is largely rainfed and highly sensitive to erratic rains and drought. An increasingly erratic rainy season coupled with more severe and prolonged extreme events, namely droughts and floods, could place additional pressure on already vulnerable agricultural livelihoods and continue to threaten health.