The United Nations (UN) says it will continue to work with Zimbabwe in finding ways to deal with persistent food shortages due to climatic changes.
This follows revelations that over 5 million people in the country are in need of food aid in the wake of a devastating 2018 \2019 summer cropping season.
The impact of climate change continues to have far reaching consequences in the country as millions of people, particularly in rural areas are finding themselves in dire need of food aid due to drought.
The UN Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mr. Bishow Parajuli, who was addressing the media in Masvingo before a tour of resilience programmes supported by the UN and other non-governmental organisations, said at a time Zimbabwe is dealing with the effects of tropical Cyclone Idai, indications on the ground are that millions need to be assisted with food aid.
“The Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee (ZimVAC) report showed that there are millions in need of food aid. We have seen that some are dropping out of school due to this drought and the effects are huge. We have to find ways of adapting to climate change,’’ said Mr Parajuli.
Meanwhile, media practitioners from across the country toured some of the resilience projects supported by the UN and other organisations.
Stanmore Irrigation in Masvingo district stood out as a successful project where farmers are excelling in crop production.
Establishment of more irrigation infrastructure and maximum utilisation of the existing ones has often been cited as key to ensuring the country becomes food secure.