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1st National Stakeholders Meeting on the Development of a Climate-Smart Agriculture Manual for Agriculture Education in Zimbabwe

The country faces a challenge in adapting its agriculture education and farmer training component to climate-smart technologies, that is, Climate-Smart Agriculture. The current curriculum is not including issues of climate change and the adaptation and mitigation component, and therefore puts at risk agriculture education, farmer training and agriculture productivity since most of the student who graduate from agricultural colleges end up working as agriculture extension workers to, largely, the newly resettled farmers who constitute the bulk of farmers in Zimbabwe.

Cognizant of the negative impacts of climate change on agriculture, on 25th and 26th July 2015, Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanization and Irrigation Development organized a National curriculum Workshop on agricultural education, to review the courses offered in all government-run agricultural colleges. The workshop agreed that there is an urgent need to mainstream climate change education climate-smart agriculture, and other issues, into the National Diplomas available in all agricultural colleges.

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