Coping with drought and climate change Project

Project vision

Climate smart society, that is prosperous and food secure.

Project purpose

Building climate resilient rural communities.

Project components

  • Aquaculture
  • Captive wildlife breeding as an alternative source of livelihood.
  • Enhancing use of climate information
  • Crop mix diversification and infield rainwater harvesting.
  • Cassava production.
  • Chilonga small-scale irrigation scheme
  • Livestock production

Project sites

Chiredzi district, Masvingo Province.

Project Beneficiaries

3000 households are direct beneficiaries.

The UNDP/GEF supported “Coping with Drought and Climate Change Project” is a five year (2008 – 2012) initiative implemented in Chiredzi district, Zimbabwe through the

Environmental Management Agency. The primary goal of the project is to enhance the capacity for adaptation to climate change amongst Chiredzi residents. The project used the Community Based Adaptation (CBA) approach to address the future impacts of long-term climate change and the adaptive capacity of local and national stakeholders to cope with increased frequency and intensity of drought in the district. The project implemented the following activities:

1.    Dissemination of information to expand the knowledge base for climate change adaptation.

2.    Establishment of climate early warning systems.

3.    Introduction of new irrigation projects and alternative livelihoods initiatives to reduce dependence on rainfed agriculture, and

4.    Implementation of six pilot projects on sustainable livelihood activities.


This project has achieved many positive results. A summary of some the achievements include:

·         Crop yields improved by more than 100% for drought conditions because of project interventions such as drought tolerant crops (cassava and sorghum), improved seed varieties and soil moisture conservation.

·         Livelihood activities such as fish and crocodile farming have been implemented for the benefit of about 300 households

·         A 100 % increase in access to climate information was achieved through improved information dissemination by the project and the agricultural extension workers in the pilot sites.

·         The project has excelled in terms of generating a wealth of knowledge products in the form of reports and publications.

·         78 households have been supported to establish a 5 hectare small scale partially irrigated garden to grow cassava, mangoes and a range of vegetables as an adaptive strategy.