Institutional Arrangements for Managing Risk for Crop Production and Post-Harvest Handling in Climate Disaster-Prone Areas of Zimbabwe

The Zimbabwean economy is driven by agriculture and the majority of the rural people depend on it for their livelihood. Agriculture contributes approximately 18% to Zimbabwe’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The diverse agro-climatic conditions enable Zimbabwe to grow a large variety of food and commercial crops and livestock. More than 23 types of food and cash crops are grown. Given the continued evidence of climate change, sustainable agriculture and economic development depend on mainstreaming strategies to reduce the negative effects of climate change on development. The need for a well-organized climate risk management structure is obvious given the increased risks associated with climate change in crop production and other agricultural and non-agricultural sectors. Practical management systems are strongly dependent on good governance systems.