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US$14m shot in arm for rural communities

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United Nations Development Programme

GOVERNMENT has launched a three-year US$14 million programme to help rural communities adapt and build resilience to climate change ravages.

The initiative, funded by the UK Aid in Zimbabwe through United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), is targeting communities in Binga, Chivi, Chipinge and Insiza district.

The programme will also include the rehabilitation of existing irrigation schemes and establishment of new ones.

UNDP resident co-ordinator Mia Seppo said the project acted as an enabler of inclusive growth, sustainable development and energy equality.

“Through this project, UNDP and Foreign Commonwealth and Development aim to support the Government of Zimbabwe attain its climate goals and support vulnerable communities and institutions adaptation and resilience capacity to climate shocks,” Seppo said.

“The programme will support the development of climate resilient, multiple uses of water and renewable energy infrastructure in vulnerable communities of Zimbabwe. The support will enable continued access to water for productive and household uses, including during droughts and floods and improved access to clean and affordable energy to support economic activities with the intention of supporting more sustainable livelihood outcomes.”

Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry ministry secretary Raphael Tayerera said: “My ministry appreciates the continued support that has been provided for climate action and calls upon development partners to continue supporting government programmes within the framework of local level development plans.”

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