Government says it will spend more than K 213, 600 on a five year Strengthening Climate Resilience project in nine districts of the country .
According to a bulletin on Climate change , government in partnership with the Africa Development Bank ( ADB ) says it spend about US $ 38.72 million on the project mainly to foster sustainable economic growth and reduce poverty,
The Bulletin obtained by ZANIS in Kalomo district adds that the benefiting District s include Kalomo, Namwala, Choma, Monze, Mazabuka, Chibombo, Mumbwa , Kafue and Itezhi-tezhi districts.
The project will also enhance food security for over 800,000 rural farmers in the Kafue sub- basin, a programme which started last year
The pilot project will implement climate risk management in the Barotse and Kafue basins to communities which mainly depend on rains for subsistence farming.
It will encompass community level infrastructure projects, farm level support systems, matching grants for climate change adaptation investments and support to integrated community based adaptation.
The project will also strengthen the climate resilience of rural roads that link farmers to markets as well as to the Kafue National Park (KNP) for the 127.5 kilo metres to be able to withstand floods from
Kalomo via the Dundumwezi south-end gate to Itezhi –tezhi up to Namwala district
The direct beneficiaries will include 36,000 youth and 350,000 women out of the 800,000 population in the project area .
The rural population along the Kafue sub basin , particularly along the Southern and Western zones are amongst the most vulnerable in Zambia due to recurrent floods and droughts which have precedented over the past 30 years costing the nation an estimated 0.4 per cent of the annual economic growth, the bulletin states.
“Despite rapid economic growth, overall poverty remains high in rural areas (74 %) in 2010) with poverty in the Kafue sub basin and without adaptation , climate variability could keep an additional 300.000 people poor over the next decade,” the bulletin further states
The Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR) in Zambia was created in 2008 to help countries become more resilient to climate change and seeks to integrate climate resilience into development
strategies and local plans, promote participatory adaptation, strengthen institutional collaboration and partnership s and to promote good practices of lessons learnt with the Zambian government
having been involved in the first phase of the programme since 2009.