Minister of Green Economy and Environment Collins Nzovu has sought support from Ban Ki Moon Centre for Global Citizens (BKMC), towards Zambia’s climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts toward agriculture.
During a meeting held on the side-lines of the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, the Minister emphasized the need for close cooperation and Zambia’s commitment to scale-up mitigation and adaptation measures to combat climate change.
Mr Nzovu, who was accompanied by Ministry of Green Economy and Environment Permanent Secretary, Mr John Msimuko, thanked the Ban Ki-moon Centre (BKMC) for considering Zambia to be a partner in agriculture adaptation.
He told BKMC Chief Executive Officer Monika Froehler and Chief Operations Officer Katrina Harvey that Zambia has prioritized adaptation and building resilience of the agriculture sector.
He also said that Zambia is in the process of developing its National Adaptation Plan that will focus on strengthening national level coordination frameworks and processes for mainstreaming climate change adaptation into national, sub-national and sectoral development planning.
He said the Elevating Agriculture Adaptation project has come at the right time when Africa is facing many climate change challenges like extreme temperatures, droughts and floods.
Mr Nzovu said these climate change-induced challenges have huge negative impact on the agriculture sector by reducing productivity, and causing food insecurity.
The Elevating Agricultural Adaptation is a two-year programme that the BKMC will implement aimed at tackling agricultural adaptation of small-holder farmers, and elevating commitments to building climate resilience of small-holder farmers through advocacy and awareness-raising.