Building Climate Resilience of Vulnerable Agricultural Livelihoods in Southern Zimbabwe

Building Climate Resilience of Vulnerable Agricultural Livelihoods in Southern Zimbabwe

  • Status Under implementation
  • Date approved 12 Mar 2020 at B.25
  • Est. completion 09 Jun 2027
  • ESS Category Category B

Southern Zimbabwe has experienced increasing temperatures since the 1950s with a decline in total annual precipitation and an increase in mid-season dry spells coupled with extreme weather events in the form of droughts and floods. These changes in climate have reduced water availability and increased soil aridity, resulting in declining agricultural yields and impacting the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in this region. In Southern Zimbabwe, rainfall is predicted to decrease by 15 per cent and runoff by 20 per cent in provinces of Manicaland, Masvingo and Matabeleland South, leading to higher food deficits and higher food prices, as well as higher number of drought-related livestock deaths.

The project proposes to address these observed and projected climate impacts and build the resilience of smallholder farmers in three semi-arid agroecological regions of southern Zimbabwe.

Total project value






Result areas

Project timeline


16 Sep 2016 - 1274 days

Concept note received

16 Sep 2016

Funding proposal received

02 Oct 2018

Legal opinion on AE's Internal Approval

27 Nov 2019

Cleared by GCF Secretariat

04 Dec 2019

Cleared by iTAP

18 Feb 2020


12 Mar 2020 - 90 days

Approved by GCF Board

12 Mar 2020

FAA executed

12 Mar 2020

Under implementation

09 Jun 2020 - 1,410 days so far

FAA effective

09 Jun 2020

Disbursement - USD 2,770,634

08 Sep 2020

Disbursement - USD 7,212,581

30 Jun 2022

Disbursement - USD 7,985,518

14 Dec 2023

To be completed

09 Jun 2027 - 1,147 days to go

One region

  • Africa

One country

One priority group

  • African States
  • Financing
    • Private sector
    • Public sector
  • Size
    • Micro
    • Small
    • Medium
    • Large

GCF financing68% disbursed

GrantUSD 26,574,567
Total GCF Financing
USD 26,574,567


Co-FinancingGrantUSD 1,205,000
Co-FinancingGrantUSD 14,247,800
Co-FinancingIn-kindUSD 5,791,020
Total Co-Financing
USD 21,243,820

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Accredited Entity

United Nations Development Programme
Mr. Pradeep Kurukulasuriya

Executive Coordinator and Director, Global Environment Finance
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Mr. Robin Merlier

Environmental Policy Specialist Global Environmental Finance, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS)/Global Policy Network
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National Designated Authority

Climate Change Management Department, Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate
Mr. Washington Zhakata Primary
Director - Climate Change Management Department
Climate Change Management Department, 11th Floor, Kaguvi Building, Corner 4th Street/Central Avenue, Harare, Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe
Phone +263 4 701 681
Phone Tel.: +263 4 701 681
Ms. Munashe Mukonoweshuro Secondary
Climate Change Scientist
11th Floor Kaguvi Building, Cnr S.V. Muzenda and Central Avenue, Harare, Zimbabwe
Phone +263 4 701681
Phone +263 771 470 335