ZAMBIA is among eight developing countries that have been selected by Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to participate in a US$ 12 million pilot project in climate change so that they can adapt and improve on the performance of agriculture.
The two organisation will launch the “Favour Agriculture in Fighting Climatic Change” in the eight cuntries to execute national adaptation plans for the integration of the national agriculture.
UNDP Global Environment Facility executive coordinator of the Finance Unit, Adriana Dinu, said food security in the coming decades depended on the collective ability to innovate and adapt to climate change from the integration of national agriculture policies.
According to FAO, three-quarters of the world’s poor live in rural areas and depended on agriculture for their livelihood, so their adaptation to climate change ranged from improving crop varieties to drought, salinity, new farming methods and updated irrigation and water management systems.
According to a press statement, the programme was also expected raise agricultural production and empower food security.
The funds will come from the International Climate Initiative of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety of Germany.
The project would count on financial support from Germany, for all those nations to renew and strengthen their adaptation to climatic changes as an initiative to improve their plans and budgets.
During a period of four years, FAO would provide policy advice and technical support to ensure that the priorities for adaptation to climate change in agriculture, forestry and fisheries, are incorporated into national planning.
Meanwhile, UNDP would assist in the management of climate risks, planning and budgeting, and strengthening information systems and project formulation.
It would also coordination among government agencies to access the Global Environment Facility and the Green Fund for Climate.
Other countries in the programe Nepal, Kenya, the Philippines, Thailand, Uganda, Uruguay and Vietnam.