Mariam Kadzamira

Climate Change Officer, CTA

Biography

Mariam Kadzamira is an agricultural economist working as a Climate Change Officer at CTA. She has worked extensively in research and in rural and community development in Southern Africa. Her experience spans work in Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Tanzania, Ethiopia and South Africa with government, farmer organisations, the CGIAR and the private sector.

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A major concern for smallholder farmers at the start of each season is to choose and source seeds, and with the advent of climate change, this is more critical than ever. As part of a CTA-led initiative to help farmers counter drought and other extreme weather events, seed fairs are being organised in Zambia to improve access to quality seed of stress tolerant maize varieties for smallholder farmers.

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Community seed banks offer a sustainable way to improve access to high-value seeds, creating viable community-based businesses and maintaining biodiversity. In addition, community seed banks contribute to farmer adaptation. They also indirectly enhance household income diversification, community seed systems, and gender outcomes at community level.

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Many climate-smart agriculture (CSA) innovations have been developed to help farmers achieve the triple wins of adaptation, productivity and, where possible, reduced emissions. As efforts by different organisations move forward to improve adoption, it is clear that a wide range of factors influence uptake of CSA. Field experiences with CSA projects in three countries highlight how developing shared value among partners has supported the scaling up of CSA.

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  1. Jan 29

    Promoting climate finance for agriculture in East & Southern Africa

    CTA in collaboration with NEPAD and FANRPAN organises a regional workshop bringing together countries in East and Southern Africa and other relevant stakeholders to discuss cross-country issues and lessons learnt in increasing finance to support climate action for agriculture, pa…
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    Conference
  2. Jan 29

    COP25

    The UN Climate Change Conference COP 25 takes place under the Presidency of the Government of Chile and is held with logistical support from the Government of Spain.

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    Conference
  3. Jan 29

    Project review and cross-country learning on climate-smart agriculture

    The regional project to scale-up climate-smart agriculture (CSA) solutions in southern Africa is implemented by CTA in collaboration with a consortium of partners in southern Africa. The field implementation has been taking place in Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe to improve the resilience of smallholder farmers to climate change, with a reach targeting 140,000 farmers. …
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