Climate Adaptation for Rural Livelihoods in Zimbabwe (CARL)

CARL aims to improve the capacity of rural households to adapt or transform in the face of increasing climate risk by improving their access to a combination of livelihood assets at household, watershed and national levels.

SMHI is a cooperation partner to Oxfam in this initiative with the role to work with Zimbabwe hydro-meteorological institutions for capacity development toward more relevant weather and climate information to users. The overall goal of the CARL project is to improve the well-being of Zimbabwe’s rural population and reduce poverty and food insecurity in the face of climate change.

The underlying development objective is to improve the climate resilience of agricultural production and rural livelihoods for 6000 households in Buhera, Gutu and Bulilima Districts of Zimbabwe. This will be achieved through three interrelated outcomes,

(i) Targeted vulnerable communities increase adoption of climate resilient livelihoods and agricultural production systems;

(ii) Rural women and youth in targeted vulnerable districts increase their income and economic power in sustainable agriculture value chains, and

(iii) Support institutions have strengthened technical capacities to address mitigation and adaptation concerns of rural livelihoods.