Solar-powered boreholes liberate Zambia’s Kafue Basin from wild fruits.

by Sophie Mbugua

In 2014, the Strategic Climate Fund (SCF) under the Climate Investment Fund (CIF) funded the Strengthening climate resilience project in the Kafue sub-Basin in Zambia. Engineer Indie Dinala, the project manager, told Africa Climate Conversations that farmers in the Kafue sub-basin would depend on wild fruits and wild tubers during drought.

But today, the USD 38 million projects have introduced, among other measures – solar-powered irrigation projects enabling farmers to farm even during drought seasons. In addition, a climate-proofed road was built to enable private sectors to reach and buy farm products from the communities’ farms. Thus, the adaptation measures have only created resilience but also improved nutrition and livelihoods.

This Episode is part of financing change inAfricaseries made possible by a collaboration between the continent’s premier development finance institution – theAfrican Development Bank Group, the Climate Investment funds and the Africa Climate Conversations.

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