The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has handed over 18 4by4 Toyota Hilux Vehicles and 214 Motorbikes to Government for the implementation of the climate change project.
The “Strengthening Climate Resilience of Agricultural Livelihoods in Agro-Ecological Regions 1 and 2 in Zambia (SCRALA) Project is funded by the Green Climate Fund (GCF) to the tune of K135 Million, and is implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture in partnership with Ministry of National Development Planning..
Agriculture Minister MICHAEL KATAMBO says the project, which being implemented in 16 districts selected from Southern, Western, Eastern, Muchinga and Lusaka Provinces, is earmarked to benefit 157, 000 households.
Speaking during the handover of the vehicles and motorbikes in Lusaka, Mr Katambo explained that the project has a mandate to establish and promote climate resilient value chains that will boost smallholder agriculture in Zambia.
He says the project will focus on strengthening the capacity of farmers to plan and deal with climate related risks.
And UNDP Deputy Country Representative to Zambia ROLAND SERI says the organization is committed to supporting government in the fight against climate change.
Mr SERI observes the need for concerted efforts to invest more in disaster risk reduction measures.
And National Development Planning Permanent Secretary CHOLA CHABALA says there is need to develop more climate change projects so as to effectively mitigate its effects on agriculture in Zambia.