By Moombe Hamobola

The United Nations Development Programme -UNDP- has allocated 100,000 United States Dollars in supporting the Zambian government in the production of the 2023/2024 weather forecasts.

UNDP Resident Representative JAMES WAKIAGA says the fund will also help develop Standard Operating Procedures for meteorological, agriculture and water products and services including stakeholder engagement.

Mr. WAKIAGA says enhanced collaborations and coordination between producers and users of climate information services are vital for improved agriculture.

This was in a speech read on his behalf by UNDP Project Manager PARICK MUCHIMBA at the training of trainers’ workshop on enhancing forecasting capabilities and developing crop capability prediction models.

And Ministry of Agriculture Permanent Secretary GREEN MBOZI said the government is determined to counter the effects of climate change to reduce poverty.

In a speech read on his behalf by Chief Engineer in the Ministry of Agriculture JOSEPH PHAKATI, Mr. MBOZI said Zambia has made significant progress in developing conducive policies for climate change and agriculture development.

Meanwhile Centre for Coordination of Agricultural Research and Development for Southern Africa Executive Director CLIFF DLAMINI said between 2021 and 2022 close to fifty-six million people in the region became food insecure because of climate related shocks.

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