Climate change has seen Zimbabwe experiencing prolonged droughts, extended dry seasons, extreme hot summers and cold winters.
These sporadic changes in weather have had an effect on the strategies adopted by women in communal farming and how they use renewable energy sources. According to the SADC Gender Protocol Barometer Zimbabwe 2015, launched at the Gender Protocol Work Summit earlier this week, 59% of rural women in Zimbabwe work in communal lands and so they are most affected by changes in climate since they rely on rainfall for their livelihoods and domestic use.
by Regerai Tututuku
The water hyacinth weed is threatening both aquatic and human life in the largest inland dam Lake Mutirikwi. Over 30 percent of the lake is submerged by the plant.
Rural community meetings, such as one held recently in Mpudzi Resettlement Scheme south of Mutare, are usually placid affairs dealing with mundane matters. Not any more.
by Andrew Mambondiyani
In the province, known for its highlands, good rains and rich soils, the meetings have increasingly taken on a belligerent edge, due to the influx of land invaders settling upstream and clogging water sources.
A pilot climate change project meant to help communities in drought-prone Chiredzi district to overcome the effects of climate change has received a $4 million boost.
Dr Leonard Unganayi, the manager of the Coping with Drought and Climate Change project administered by the United Nations Development Programme and the government run Environmental Management Agency, said the funds were provided for by the Global Environment Facility.