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2 million benefit from UNDP climate change project

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ELLEN MLAMBO
MIRROR REPORTER

MASVINGO – Some 2, 3 million villagers from 137 wards across three provinces in Zimbabwe are benefitting from a US$47, 8 million climate resilience project funded by Green Climate Fund (GCF).
Green Climate Fund is a fund established within the framework of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change as an operating entity of the Financial Mechanism to assist developing countries in adaptation and mitigation practices to counter climate change.
The objective of the multi-faceted project which is being implemented in Manicaland, Masvingo and Matebeleland South is to support vulnerable communities, in particular women against the increasing negative effects of climate change.
The name of the project which is jointly funded by the government, GCF and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is Building Climate Resilience of Vulnerable Agricultural Livelihoods in Southern Zimbabwe.
The project will run for seven years from 2020 to 2027 with the UNDP being the fund manager while the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Resettlement is the implementing partner.
To achieve its goals the project will finance a host of activities including water harvesting, irrigation, training, marketing, technology, inputs, and knowledge management of for climate resilient agricultural production.
Last week, UNDP took 18 journalists from different media houses through a two-day workshop to appraise them of the project. There were three key presentations from UNDP and the Ministry of Land. The presentations by Babra Machekano, acting director communication and advocacy department at the Ministry of Lands, UNDP communications associate, Anesu Freddy and Communications Officer for the GCF project Pylaia Chembe focussed on the project overview and the role of the media in the project.
The second day of the workshop saw journalists touring Pikinini Jawanda Irrigation Scheme under Chief Mawarire in Ward 4, Mwenezi. The project has 156 hectares of land under it and so far 80% of that land has been cleared. It will use water from Manyuchi dam and the focus is to grow small grains.
Jawanda is going to have its first crop this month when they will plant small grains.
Some 300 people from 14 villages are going to benefit from the project and of those 123 are women and 177 are men.
Irrigation management committee chairperson Chizivano Shava expressed the community’s joy over the project and the support that the villagers are getting from UNDP and Government.
He said that the community had been clamouring for an irrigation project for the last 37 years and the implementation which started last year is a dream come true. We are excited with the development and the support we are receiving from UNDP and Government. We have since received two centre pivots which should cover 60 hectare
Machekano emphasised the importance of acceleration of irrigation rehabilitation and she added that this would eradicate poverty and promote food security.
GCF Communications Officer Pylaia Chembe particularly emphasised the need to put women at the center of the projects. She said women in particular need to benefit from the project.
Chief Mawarire born Elliot Jawanda said his area is poverty stricken and the situation is getting worse with climate change. He hailed the irrigation scheme as a source of hope.
Fiona Chinyani, a participant said the project is a source of empowerment for women. “We have been empowered as women,” she said. Mary Jakarasi (22) said crops have wilted as a result of this year’s drought. She said the project will bring new business for women in the community.

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