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Will Zimbabweans Benefit from Climate Change Accord?

  • Marvellous Mhlanga-Nyahuye

Most crops have wilted in Zimbabwe due to moisture stress owing to lack of rains. (Photo: Butholezwe Kgosi Nyathi)

Most crops have wilted in Zimbabwe due to moisture stress owing to lack of rains. (Photo: Butholezwe Kgosi Nyathi)

Some farmers have welcomed the signing of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change saying this could assist them in planning agricultural activities if government implements some of the recommendations contained in the document.

One hundred and seventy five countries, including Zimbabwe, signed the agreement said to be a turning point in tackling global gas emissions.

Matabeleland South farmer, Themba Dlodlo, is among farmers who say Zimbabwe is likely to benefit from efforts being made to stop global warming.

"It’s important for government to prioritize climate change as this will help us to plan for the next planting season as weather patterns are now continually changing," said Dlodlo.

He added that unpreparedness on the part of government could spell disaster for the country's food security.

"We are part of the international community and we need secure food resources through agriculture so therefore we need to know how climate change will affect productivity on our farms and prepare for challenges that may be encountered due to climate change,” said Dlodlo.

Although some opposition party leaders castigated President Robert Mugabe's attendance of the signing ceremony in New York saying he did this at the expense of more pressing issues like crippling hunger in Zimbabwe, some farmers say it is important for the head of state to stay abreast of all the latest developments in climate change so that the country can prepare for the upcoming crop seasons.

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