Working towards Climate Resilient Agricultural Systems in Zimbabwe – Policy Brief 38, November 2021 – Zimbabwe


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Continuous collaboration between policy makers and researchers is critical to effective and dynamic climate-smart solutions

Key messages

  • Climate protection is urgently needed: Successive droughts and unusual climatic events in Zimbabwe have already weighed heavily on the country’s economy. Climate projections suggest drier conditions

  • Rain-fed agriculture will be worst affected: The poverty of the population, who depend on rain-fed agriculture and already live in harsh conditions, will worsen

  • Growing awareness of the importance of climate research: Politicians are aware that research-based adaptation to climate change should be at the center of the transformation of agricultural systems

  • Proactive public-private response: Government, development agencies and the private sector have begun to carefully consider adaptation to climate change, but there are gaps in linking locally-specific climate change adaptation requirements with policy decisions at the national level.

  • Necessity to close gaps through scientific-political cooperation: Continuous dialogue and cooperation are crucial for effective and dynamic climate-smart solutions.

Linking Science and Decision Making: Research-Based Solutions to Fill in Gaps

  • Data and evidence for context-specific effective responses, effects of climate change and suitable adaptation options can influence the design of agricultural programs and align resources with activities

  • Forward-looking research that contributes to understanding climate projections, specific vulnerabilities of agricultural systems, and impacts of adaptation can improve policy coordination and incorporate adaptation to climate change into agriculture

  • Evidence-based assessments can then more effectively support the rationale for climate finance and action

  • Capacity building is essential for the review of agricultural policy and for the start of research processes and products.
    It is important to build up personal and institutional capacities in research, consulting, climate services and especially for decision-makers in order to plan and control research and to use research results as a basis for decision-making.

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