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Down turn the Heat.. Current and Near impacts Vs Long-run and Large-scale impacts. A case of Marwendo community in Zimbabwe

Down turn the Heat..

Current and Near impacts Vs. Long-run and Large-scale impacts. A case of Marwendo community in ZimbabweBy Current Masunungure15 May 2015

Local contextSubsistence farming plays a crucial role in the rural livelihoods of communal people in the the Marwendo village.

In the face of climate change, rural households in the village are facing challenges in meeting their daily food requirements

Thus the need to practice or adopt smart agriculture, conservation agriculture, diversification of livelihoods in the face of climate change

Current and near Impacts

Poor yields

Crop failures

Increased dependency on NR

Death of livestock

Long run large-scale impacts

Large scale degradationSevere water scarcity

Severe droughts

Mitigating impacts

Diversification of livelihoodsConservation farming

Investing in smart agriculture-huge financial capital required makes this a mountain to climb. However with the assistance of international organizations this can be an area with huge potential

Need for the community to join hands with regional global partners

Low carbon energy reserves????

Solar energy reserve access looks to be more viable optionThese can be installed at household level, schools, clinics and other public placesHigh initial costs associated with solar energy-needs to be addressed

Future low-carbon sources????

This is another possible source, however the initial start up cost can be a major set back

References http://www.ipsnews.net/2012/05/nothing-to-show-for-hard-work-but-burnt-fields-of-maize/ (Accessed 15/05/15)http://practicalaction.org/blog/category/where-we-work/zimbabwe/(Accessed 15/05/15)http://www.alphabetics.info/international/tag/africa/page/2/ (Accessed 15/05/15)