Chiteme calls for more investment in climate adaptation, mitigation measure

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The Minister of National Development Planning
Honourable Alexander Chiteme has called on African countries to significantly invest in
climate change adaptation and mitigation programme to reduce the negative impact on
continent’s economic growth.
Honourable Chiteme was speaking today at Hotel Laico L’amitié Bamako in Mali where he
featured as a panelist on a Ministerial Roundtable discussion under the theme: ‘Paradigm shift
toward low-emission and climate-resilient sustainable development in Africa’ at the Green
Climate Fund (GCF) organised Structured Dialogue with Africa.
The Minister said the impacts of climate change would have a disproportional negative impact
on developing countries due to their weak technological capacity and exacerbate poverty.
“Climate change is likely to reduce economic growth in developing countries and significant
investments in climate change adaptation and mitigation are necessary,” Mr. Chiteme said.
Mr. Chiteme said most of African countries like Zambia depend on rain fed agriculture and the
sector was mostly driven by the rural people.
He observed that any variabilities due to climate change in rainfall patterns, such as droughts
and other harsh weather conditions, tend to affect food production and living condition.
“This in turn continue to pose challenges in economic growth and development of our
countries,” said Mr. Chiteme, adding that about 60 per cent of Zambians depend on rain-fed
agriculture.
The Minister said reduction in cash crop production was a threat to Zambia’s national economic
diversification, job creation agenda and the fight against poverty. “These are the corner stones
of our development trajectory as spelt out in our Seventh National Development Plan,” Mr.
Chiteme told the gathering.
The Minister said when the agricultural sector’s capacity to sustain livelihoods was impaired
people tend to look for other sources and rapid urbanisation tend to emanate, as was the case
in Zambia at present.
He said urbanisation increases pressure to create jobs at a rapid rate, and further presses demand
on provision of social services such as education, health, renewable energy and water and
sanitation facilities.
“At country level we are taking measures to investment in the production of renewable energy
sources and enhance our technology to invest in agricultural production that can circumvent
climate change variabilities, however the rate at which we are being affected by climate change
is faster than our capacity to cope,” said Mr. Chiteme.
The Structured Dialogue with Africa has attracted National Designated Authorities and focal
points from all 54 African countries, accredited entities, readiness delivery partners, civil
society and other stakeholders to share views and experiences of their countries on paradigm
shift towards low-emission and climate-resilient sustainable development among other
objective.

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