Agriculture is central to any debate on climate change given the enormous responsibility placed on the sector to produce 60% more food by 2050 despite changing climatic uncertainties. The case for increased investment in climate-smart agriculture has been articulated in different forums as a way to promote agricultural transformation and chart a path to scale up climate actions in agriculture. However, it is noted that the amount of climate finance going into the agricultural sector is very small compared with other sectors and, in contrast to what has been clearly identified in the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). Less than 5% of global climate finance is targeted to the agricultural sector and, even much less to smallholder farmers.
Policy workshop: Climate finance for agriculture in Zimbabwe
CTA recently commissioned a national study to review NDCs and related policy frameworks of Zimbabwe, identify the level of implementation of NDCs, assess the profile of agriculture and the engagement of agricultural stakeholders in the implementation of the NDCs, identify emerging opportunities and specific appropriate climate financing models for agriculture in the country. The national stakeholder workshop is being convened by CTA in partnership with Ruzivo Trust, Zimbabwe Farmers Union (ZFU), the Department of Climate Change of the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural resettlement. The workshop will be used by the stakeholders to discuss and identify key options to promote climate finance for agriculture in general and CSA in particular in Zimbabwe.
Stakeholders expected at the meeting included officials from the ministries of Environment; Agriculture and Rural Development; Finance & Economic Planning. Others include representatives of farmers’ organisations, commercial banking sector, agro-allied businesses, NGOs, development organisations.
The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). Its mission is to advance food security, resilience and inclusive economic growth in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific through innovations in sustainable agriculture. CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU.
Dept of climate change
THE Zimbabwe Farmers' Union (ZFU) is the largest farmers’ interest organisation in Zimbabwe and it represents over a million farming households. The Union draws its membership from the following sub-sectors; communal, resettlement, small-scale commercial, peri-urban plot holders, emergent and large-scale commercial farmers. Individuals voluntarily join the organisation Zimbabwe Farmers Union was born on 19 August 1992 following the merger of the Zimbabwe National Farmers Union (ZNFU) and National Farmers Association of Zimbabwe (NFAZ). ZNFU was formed back in the mid-thirties as the then Bantu Farmers Union (BFU). It was later renamed African Farmers Union (AFU) in 1941 and then Zimbabwe National Farmers Union in 1980. NFAZ was formed in 1981 emerging from the Master Farmers Association which had existed in the then Victoria province (Masvingo) since the 1960s.