Climate Smart Agriculture Training of Trainers in Youth and Vocational Colleges
Manicaland, Mashonaland Central, Mashonaland East, Mashonaland West, Masvingo and the Midlands
Zimbabwean food production is constantly under attack from the negative effects of climate change. In an effort to fight hunger in Zimbabwe,A curriculum review process by the Department of Agriculture Education and Farmer Training revealed that there was limited understanding and teaching of climate smart agriculture as an adaptation intervention with mitigation co-benefits. In response to the identified gap in the current curriculum, the government of Zimbabwe with support from the Climate Technology Centre and Network produced a Climate Smart Agriculture Manual for Professional Level Education in Zimbabwe. UNDP provided additional resources to produce the manual. The Manual was rolled out in 2018 and all public colleges were capacitated through training of trainers’ sessions aiming to strengthen capacities of lecturers to impart CSA practices to trainee extension officers who upon deployment will work directly with farmers and convey CSA practices. The Government saw it fit to extend the programme to youth and vocational centres in Zimbabwe and they partnered the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.