POLICY BRIEF: Climate disruption, food crises and biodiversity collapse: Time to take Zambian Farmers’ Rights seriously


Zambia faces severe challenges around malnutrition and hunger, biodiversity loss, soil erosion and degradation, and embedded rural poverty.i/ii/iii These  challenges are exacerbated by the already felt impacts of climate change – more severe extreme weather events such as droughts, rising temperatures and shifting and shorter rainy seasons. As more than half the population is reliant on agricultural activities for sustenance and cash incomes,iv Zambia’s agriculture sector, founded on the work of its smallholder farmers, makes the most logical and critical intervention point to address the cross cutting national development challenges and commitments.

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