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Zimbabwe is a landlocked country, bordered by Botswana, Zambia, Namibia, Mozambique and South Africa. A large proportion of its population is exposed to extreme poverty and hunger. About 70% of Zimbabweans live in rural areas, where they depend on natural resources for food and basic needs. This means that climate impacts, which include heavy rainfall and drought, environmental degradation and loss of biodiversity, also impact upon development. Research suggests that longer and more frequent droughts could substantially reduce crop yields – including maize – a staple crop in Zimbabwe. Given the varied nature of Zimbabwe’s biophysical characteristics, vulnerability to climate change is likely to vary significantly across the country.

Population: 12.6 million
Human Development Ranking: 173/187

For more information about CDKN's work in Zimbabwe:


CDKN Zimbabwe Highlights


Climate change counts: Strengthening SADC universities' contributions to climate compatible development

Project Reference: AAAF-0010

The 'Climate Change Counts' mapping study provides a valuable opportunity for university stakeholders to come together to build partnerships for collaboratively producing and using knowledge on climate compatible development at country and regional levels, and to better understand and respond to the specific knowledge and research needs of community, policy and private sector stakeholders. [more...]

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