Risk Profile

Zimbabwe is particularly vulnerable to climate induced hazards such as drought, floods and cyclones that can trigger food insecurity as well as disease and pest outbreaks. Floods are common in low-lying areas in the Zambezi Valley in the North. Southern Zimbabwe is frequently hit by droughts and dry spells that severely reduce crop yields. Climate change has induced increasingly erratic rainfall which, combined with limited adaptive capacities, have resulted in peaks in food insecurity every four to five years. The exposure to natural hazards and climate risks is compounded by endemic poverty. Underlying risk drivers include rapid unplanned urbanization, construction on wetland areas, land degradation and deforestation. Urban risks are increasing due to migrations from rural areas.

CADRI Support

In response to the UN Resident Coordinator request to the CADRI Board, the CADRI Partnership organized a scoping mission to Zimbabwe on 14-16 September 2016 with the objective to define the scope, thematic focus, modality and timeline of engagement of the CADRI Partnership in Zimbabwe. A capacity assessment is planned for March 2017.