Pfumvudza success story goes global
Blessings Chidakwa-Herald Reporter
AS Zimbabwe’s climate smart policies pay off, President Mnangagwa has urged the world to take a cue from the country’s successful Pvumvudza/Intwasa model to mitigate the adverse effects of climate change with several nations expressing willingness to implement the programme.
Speaking on arrival at Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport in Harare yesterday from the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28) in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, President Mnangagwa said Pfumvudza proved to be a hit at COP28 as many countries realised that the model had helped Zimbabwe attain food security in the last three seasons, at the same time boosting farm incomes as subsistence farmers were converted to small-scale commercial growers.
The programme entails use of mulch to retain moisture for some time in the event of rains.
President Mnangagwa said Zimbabwe showcased to the world, the success of adaptation strategies to climate change through smart policies such as the Pfumvudza concept.
“It is a model that is only in Zimbabwe, but was well received when I explained how we address food security at the household level.
“Once we have done that, it easy enough to deal with the national issues,” he said.
President Mnangagwa said he clearly outlined that as long as the household level had food security under the Pfumvudza model, security at the national level would also be guaranteed.
“I believe that many countries are going to adopt it as thereafter, several Heads of State were coming to me to explain to them more on how it is structured,” he said.
The President said the conference was a world event where many Heads of State congregated to discuss challenges of climate change.
“So it can never be an individual success. It’s collective. We had a lot of interactions with Heads of States from Africa, Europe and Asia. We were all discussing around this challenge of climate change.
“Of course it is necessary that we all mitigate the impact of climate change,” he said.
President Mnangagwa said while he believed that most of Africa was better situated to mitigate challenges of climate change, it was a collective issue to tackle as the impact did not affect one country but was a global issue.