Prolonged droughts: Need for water harvesting

Inadequate infrastructure, together with rural and poor populations, makes Zambia highly vulnerable to droughts, according to the UN. But the drought monitoring system developed by IWMI helps to better prepare the country to cope with its impacts.

Farmers and policymakers should make use of the new satellite-based online Zambia Drought Monitoring System (ZADMS) that was launched last year. The ZADMS, developed by Zambia’s Ministry of Agriculture, is part of the Initiative on Climate Resilience (ClimBeR) and the Accelerating the Impact of Climate Research for Africa (AICCRA) Programme and involves the collaboration of several organisations. IWMI’s Director General observed during the launch that: “While ZADMS can’t change the weather, it can help the Zambian government to make informed decisions and help them deliver the information that farmers need to cope.”

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