Scaling up Adaptation in Zimbabwe, With a Focus on Rural Livelihoods (2014-2018)


The objective of this UNDP/GEF supported project is to scale up adaptation measures and reduce the vulnerability of rural communities, particularly women to climate variability and change in Buhera, Chimanimani and Chiredzi Districts (Natural Region 5) in Zimbabwe. The project targets 10,100 rural households (70% female headed) in the 3 districts over the period November 2014 to October 2018. The project is implemented through the UNDP/NGO Implementation Modality with the Implementing Partner being Oxfam in Zimbabwe. Activities under the first component are implemented in the three districts with assistance from two Responsible Parties, Plan International (Chiredzi District) and SAFIRE (Buhera and Chimanimani Districts).

The overall objective of the project is to scale up adaptation measures and reduce the vulnerability of rural communities, particularly women small-holder farmers to impacts of climate change and extreme events. For climate change adaptation to take place at scale and sustained over time, the theory of change that underpins this initiative includes learning systems for generating and sharing knowledge on how to strengthen and diversify rural livelihoods in a changing and variable climate, increasing knowledge and understanding of climate variability and change risks and policy mainstreaming.

The project intends to lead to two key results (outcomes):
(i) diversifying and strengthening livelihoods and sources of income for vulnerable people in targeted areas, and
(ii) increasing knowledge and understanding of climate variability and change-induced risks at country level and in targeted vulnerable areas.