India Offers up to a Million Dollars in Aid to Zimbabwe for Climate-Resilient Agriculture

The Indian government has contributed about one million dollars to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Zimbabwe to assist vulnerable populations in coping with climate change.

The money will be utilized to help around 5200 smallholder farmers in the Chiredzi and Mangwe districts through the India-UN Development Partnership Fund. WFP Zimbabwe will provide expertise through its Smallholder Agricultural Market Support (SAMS) programme, which will work in collaboration with partners to build the resilience and capacity of selected smallholder farmers. Drought-tolerant small grains and legumes will be promoted as part of the programme.

India was a driving force behind the United Nations’ designation of 2023 as Millet Year. This financing emphasises India’s rising contributions to the Global South’s efforts to increase climate change resilience.

Mr. Adel Abdellatif, Director of the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation, stated that the contribution will assure smallholder farmers’ social protection and resilience.

This is a sound investment in Zimbabwe, which is primarily reliant on agriculture, which accounts for roughly 70% of the population’s income. It comes at a crucial time for the country, which has been hit by drought, cyclones, and erratic weather patterns for several years.

Mr. Vijay Khanduja, India’s ambassador to Zimbabwe, similarly feels that the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development provides the foundation for global action to achieve sustainable development.

Along with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Resettlement, and the Department of Agricultural Technical and Extension Services, WFP will build on existing collaboration with partners to combine relevant expertise (Agritex). Small grain seeds and fertilizers will be procured from in-country suppliers and delivered to selected smallholder farmers in defined districts, along with technical assistance and training to improve productivity.

Between 2020 and 2021, the World Food Programme (WFP) and partners in Zimbabwe helped 60,000 smallholder farmers – 70% of whom were female-headed households – in 30 rural districts through small grain production initiatives.

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