UNICEF FEELS THE PINCH OF CLIMATE CHANGE
25 August 2010, AfricaBusiness.com
Lusaka, Zambia 25 Aug 2010 (ABN) – United Nations International Children’s Fund UNICEF Zambia has voiced its concern over effects of climate change in Sub-Saharan Africa which it says continue to hamper growth and expansion of Africa’s agricultural production and business.
UNICEF Zambia is the first of United Nations (UN) wing in Zambia to bridge into the business sector as it sees lack of measures to improve agriculture production and business results in food insecurity thus affecting children.
Climate change has brought prolonged droughts in parts of Africa impacting negatively on food production and has brought less investment in sectors like floriculture and agriculture business due to uncertain weather conditions.
Decreasing investments in agriculture due to changing weather patterns has brought major threats to children’s health as a result of increased food insecurity in most economies in Africa.
“We need to see huge investments in agriculture but we are seeing a trend in which investors do not want to come due to uncertain weather patterns, all this is because of Climate change and this affects children’s health,” Dr. Nilda Lambo, a deputy representative and Officer-In-charge UNICEF Zambia said.
The concern by UNICEF has been echoed after it launched its Children’s Climate Change Conference 2 that seeks to help Children survive climate change impact and this comes barely months after some parts of Zambia experienced massive floods which affected food production, businesses and left people homeless.
Dr. Lambo said it was difficult to have high production in agriculture and business because of harsh conditions prevailing in the country due to climate change.
“The impact of natural disasters such as floods, typhoons is harsh on most economies in Africa washing away homes, factories, schools and production plants,” she said in an interview.
The Zambian government through its official Teddy Mulonga pledged its continued support in educating youths on effects of climate change on health, business and production in an effort to raise awareness and reduce the impact.
“Inculcating knowledge in youths is important to shape the destiny of our economy through raising an educated generation,” he said stressed.
Zambia, Kenya and Ghana are among countries in Africa worsted hit by massive floods in recent years in which agriculture production has been affected and businesses shattered.
Agriculture is Zambia’s second economic driver after mining, its produce that are exported within Africa and to Europe include corn, cassava, cane, millet, tea, fruits and roses flowers.