FAO and ZAMCOM Forge Partnership to Secure Sustainable Future for Zambezi Region

FAO and ZAMCOM Forge Partnership to Secure Sustainable Future for Zambezi Region

HARARE, ZIMBABWE – In a pivotal move towards addressing the interwoven challenges of climate change, water scarcity, and food insecurity, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Zambezi Watercourse Commission (ZAMCOM) have joined forces. The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) solidifies their shared commitment to fostering resilience across the vital Zambezi Watercourse Region.

Central to this partnership is the recognition of the water-energy-food nexus, the critical interdependence of these resources. The initiative aims to achieve key targets within the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically SDG 2 (Zero Hunger), SDG 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation), and SDG 13 (Climate Action).

“We are excited to embark on this collaborative journey with ZAMCOM to address pressing challenges and promote sustainable development in the Zambezi River Basin,” said Patrice Talla, FAO Subregional Coordinator for Southern Africa. “This partnership reflects our shared commitment to advancing the well-being of communities in the region through innovative and inclusive initiatives.”

ZAMCOM Executive Secretary, Felix Ngamlagosi, echoed these sentiments: "By joining forces with FAO, we are better positioned to leverage our respective expertise and resources to drive positive change in the Zambezi Watercourse. Together, we will work towards building a more resilient and sustainable future for all."

Key Areas of Collaboration

The collaboration will focus on four key areas:

  1. Climate Resilience: Bolstering the ability of communities and institutions to withstand climatic shocks.
  2. Data and Information: Enhancing data collection and analysis to improve water resource management.
  3. Infrastructure Development: Supporting infrastructure for sustainable agriculture and climate adaptation.
  4. Integrated Resource Management: Promoting integrated management of land, water, and natural resources to ensure food security and environmental health.

Ambitious Goals and Impact

The partnership will work on capacity development programs, integrated data services, and infrastructure projects to promote sustainability. It aligns with FAO's strategic focus on innovation and equitable resource access, and with ZAMCOM's Strategic Plan and investment initiatives like the Programme for Integrated Development and Adaptation to Climate Change in the Zambezi River Basin (PIDACC).

The FAO-ZAMCOM partnership marks a crucial step towards ensuring a more secure and sustainable future for the Zambezi Watercourse Region and its people.


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