SACAU attended the Zimbabwe Farmers’ Union (ZFU) district meeting on Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) which was held in June 2018
With climate change set to continue bringing major disruptions to various sectors, including agriculture, it is high time that the young generation is equipped with more knowledge on adaptation and mitigation measures from an early age. One option, which is linked to the conviction of ‘knowledge being a principal motivator of behavioural change and practice’, is the integration of climate change in the school curriculum, with considerable focus on imparting knowledge on adaptation and mitigation practices across different economic sectors. This is one contemporary recommendation that was made by members of the Zimbabwe Farmers’ Union (ZFU) in one of the organisation’s District Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) advocacy events held in June 2018.
Members during the discussion at the Zimbabwe Farmers’ Union (ZFU) district meeting on Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) which was held in June 2018.
Early exposure to concepts such as CSA can help improve the community’s adaptability to climate change and reverse the latter’s impact on poverty and food security. Evidence drawn from Asia where such initiatives have already been undertaken, suggests that such programmes have become an effective means for engaging the young generation as leaders, information providers, agents of change and advocates for a sustainable agricultural sector. Worth noting, however, is the fact that smart curriculum planning and design should be done in a manner that builds credibility and stakeholder buy-in.