Govt to spend over K 213, 600 million on Climate Resilience project in nine districts


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.