dr made 21.10.10.jpgThe Minister for Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development, Dr Joseph Made says there is a need for an institutionalised multi-sectoral approach to avert the impact of global warming in the country.

The problem of global warming, which is a serious threat to food security within Sub-Saharan Africa, cannot be dealt with in isolation but needs a multi-sectoral approach.

Addressing senior officers attending the 24th Joint Command and Staff Course at Zimbabwe Staff College, Dr Joseph Made said the adverse effects of global warming such as hunger would be hardly felt by all in the near future.

“By 2020, between 75 and 250 million Africans could be exposed to water stress while 75% of all people at risk of hunger by 2080 will be in this region,” Dr Made said.

Despite western countries being responsible for the bulk of carbon emissions which deplete the ozone layer resulting in global warming, it is the Third World that bears the brunt of harsh climatic conditions resulting in increased droughts.

Zimbabwe is partnering progressive nations such as China, Iran, Brazil and Libya for irrigation mechanisation which will deal with the problem of irregular rainfall patterns.

Zimbabwe’s military has played significant roles in ensuring the nation’s food security with Operation Maguta being an example.

54 four senior officers drawn from the SADC region are undergoing the Joint Command and Staff Course at the Zimbabwe Staff College.