Year 2021 Zimbabwe

Purpose

Support community water and food security during prolonged drought, and combat widespread deforestation.

 

Local Climate Threats

Community members from the Hwange District report the following impacts:

Widespread water insecurity

Crop loss

from poor from prolonged drought and increasing pest prevalence productivity

Increased human-wildlife conflicts

particularly involving elephants

Poor livestock health

to sparse and degraded grazing area and less water

Increased reliance on resource-intensive livelihoods

due to farming losses from drought

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Activities

Installation of a rainwater harvesting system at a local primary school

Community members were trained in system maintenance and management.

Upgrading of a hand-pump borehole

a solar-powered pump.

Installation of drip irrigation

Installation of an automated weather station

connected to the National Meteorological Authority in Zimbabwe.

Provision of fuel-efficient cookstoves

to reduce firewood collection.

project outcomes

Rainwater harvesting system installed with 5,000 liter capacity

One borehole pump upgraded to solar power

Drip irrigation installed in a community garden

15 clean cookstoves installed

Automated weather station installed

Did you know?

As climate change intensifies, access to accurate weather information is vital to ensuring food security. With shifting seasonal, temperature and rainfall patterns, automated weather stations allow farmers to better plan planting and harvesting dates. So far, Climate Crowd has installed automated weather stations in 8 countries, providing farmers and local wildlife authorities with reliable weather information.

project design

In Hwange district, a shift to hotter, drier conditions has decimated crops and livestock, and reduced access to freshwater. Some have found alternative sources of income through brick-making and wood carving, placing greater pressure on local forests. In partnership with Greenline Africa, a local NGO, this project improves water security by installing a rainwater harvesting system, upgrading a borehole pump to solar power, and installing improved irrigation, and reduces pressure on forests through installation of clean cookstoves. Additionally, the project set a goal of 60/40 female to male participation, established a women’s cooperative to help scale up project activities, and is monitoring changes in time spent collecting water (currently 2- 3hrs), a responsibility primarily shouldered by women.

Drip line irrigation installation and use