The current global pandemic from COVID-19 is a potent, pressing example of why the international community must focus more on preparedness and risk analysis for a multitude of disasters. Disasters, from floods to droughts to heightened risks of conflict, are increasing in frequency and intensity due to climate change, environmental degradation, and social tensions.
Over the past 13 years, I have had the opportunity to work with the poorest communities across Zimbabwe. I have seen families struggling to adapt to the changing climate, as their livelihoods mainly depend on limited and dwindling natural resources. However, through asset creation, I have also seen incredible strength, resilience, and community dedication to improving communal resources and food security.
This profile provides an overview of climate risks in Zimbabwe, including how climate variability and change is likely to impact five key sectors in the country: agriculture, livestock, human health, water resources, and forestry.
As USAID and the international community know, if infrastructure fails during a crisis, the implications on human lives are enormous. To ensure future floods and other extreme weather events don’t cause the level of damage and misery seen in the wake of Idai and Kenneth, there are two myths that we urgently need to dispel.
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.
Through climate risk management — a structured process to assess and address risks and identify opportunities — USAID can improve the impact and sustainability of its efforts, safeguarding billions of dollars in investments.
This factsheet breaks down greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Southern Africa in 2011 by country, sector, changes in emissions and climate change commitments and policies. Countries covered in this factsheet include: Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.