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