Government should invest in climate change response before it is too late.

Government should invest in climate change response before it is too late.

Climate change is here, and the recent droughts and floods have given us a hint of what our future will be like. But it seems the lethargy emanating from the government is still in monumental proportions, although our economy heavily depends on agriculture.

The government has a climate response strategy blueprint from 2014but it does nothing to solve the imminent disaster that the country faces. Despite the clear indications of climate change, there is still no part of the national budget that is solidly devoted to climate change management and mitigation.

Government should invest more in agricultural research to allow space for more drought-resistant and tolerant crops to be grown across all sectors of agriculture. The presently available drought-resistant crops are not yet equipped to sustain the intensity of climate change-induced droughts.

There has to be a paradigm shift on the part of the government from a receiving entity to a research-based entity that injects finances into research that tries to solve the climatic problems that Zimbabwe is set to have.

The future success of nations will soon depend on their response to climate change and the government should invest in local technology and industry that tries to solve these problems.

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