Climate smart agriculture practices are easing the burden of climate change for small scale farmers in drought prone areas in the country.

At 35 years, Hazvinei Charuma is a living proof of the immense benefit and success of climate smart agriculture, an innovative farming practice that reduces exposure and vulnerability to climate variability.

She, just like thousands of other farmers, has adopted the farming of small grains and other climate smart practices such as contour ridge farming that save water.

This season, she is looking at harvesting over 2 tonnes of the sorghum crop which means an extra $300.

Climate smart agriculture practices are among the promising technologies that could enable farmers to positively respond to climate change related risks.  

Experts agree that where these methods are practiced, farmers can efficiently use natural resources through integrated land, soil and natural resources use and management.

The World Bank concurs that new climate smart technologies and practices are the panacea to climate change as they help improving yields and creating jobs.

On the domestic front, the World Food Programme (WFP) is partnering the government to upscale the wider adoption of this concept by communal farmers.

While Zimbabwe has a national investment framework which has recognised climate smart agriculture as a sustainable intervention and as a tool in climate change adaptation, the sad reality is that not many farmers are willing to embrace the shift to small grain farming.

It thus becomes prudent for relevant authorities to upscale awareness and ensure that farmers understand the benefits of these production changing innovations.