In­vest in Cli­mate Change Adap­ta­tion Pro­grams – Min­is­ter of Na­tional Plan­ning and De­vel­op­ment

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MIN­IS­TER of Na­tional De­vel­op­ment Plan­ning Honor­able Alexan­der Chiteme has called on African coun­tries to sig­nif­i­cantly in­vest in cli­mate change adap­ta­tion and mit­i­ga­tion pro­gram to re­duce the neg­a­tive im­pact on con­ti­nent’s eco­nomic growth.

MIN­IS­TER of Na­tional De­vel­op­ment Plan­ning Honor­able Alexan­der Chiteme has called on African coun­tries to sig­nif­i­cantly in­vest in cli­mate change adap­ta­tion and mit­i­ga­tion pro­gram to re­duce the neg­a­tive im­pact on con­ti­nent’s eco­nomic growth.

Honor­able Chiteme was speak­ing on 05 April at Ho­tel Laico L’ami­tié Ba­mako in Mali where he fea­tured as a pan­elist on a Min­is­te­rial Roundtable dis­cus­sion un­der the theme: ‘Par­a­digm shift to­ward low-emis­sion and cli­mate-re­silient sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment in Africa’ at the Green Cli­mate Fund (GCF) or­ga­nized Struc­tured Di­a­logue with Africa.

The Min­is­ter said the im­pacts of cli­mate change would have a dis­pro­por­tional neg­a­tive im­pact on de­vel­op­ing coun­tries due to their weak tech­no­log­i­cal ca­pac­ity and ex­ac­er­bate poverty.

“Cli­mate change is likely to re­duce eco­nomic growth in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries and sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ments in cli­mate change adap­ta­tion and mit­i­ga­tion are nec­es­sary,” Mr. Chiteme said.

Mr. Chiteme said most of African coun­tries like Zam­bia de­pend on rain fed agri­cul­ture and the sec­tor was mostly driven by the ru­ral peo­ple.

He ob­served that any vari­abil­i­ties due to cli­mate change in rain­fall pat­terns, such as droughts and other harsh weather con­di­tions, tend to af­fect food pro­duc­tion and liv­ing con­di­tion.

“This in turn con­tinue to pose chal­lenges in eco­nomic growth and de­vel­op­ment of our coun­tries,” said Mr. Chiteme, adding that about 60 per cent of Zam­bians de­pend on rain-fed agri­cul­ture.

The Min­is­ter said re­duc­tion in cash crop pro­duc­tion was a threat to Zam­bia’s na­tional eco­nomic di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion, job cre­ation agenda and the fight against poverty.

“These are the cor­ner stones of our de­vel­op­ment tra­jec­tory as spelt out in our Sev­enth Na­tional De­vel­op­ment Plan,” Mr. Chiteme told the gath­er­ing.

The Min­is­ter said when the agri­cul­tural sec­tor’s ca­pac­ity to sus­tain liveli­hoods was im­paired peo­ple tend to look for other sources and rapid ur­ban­iza­tion tend to em­anate, as was the case in Zam­bia at present.

He said ur­ban­iza­tion in­creases pres­sure to cre­ate jobs at a rapid rate, and fur­ther presses de­mand on pro­vi­sion of so­cial ser­vices such as ed­u­ca­tion, health, re­new­able en­ergy and wa­ter and san­i­ta­tion fa­cil­i­ties.

Alexan­der Chiteme – Min­is­ter of Na­tional Plan­ning and De­vel­op­ment speak­ing in Ba­mako (Mali)

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