Irrigation Schemes and Weather Extremes: The challenge for Zimbabwe
Smallholder farmers in Zimbabwe have always had to contend with swings of climate, but with the right kind of support they can achieve remarkable increases in production. Climate change is increasing both drought and heavy rainfall. This case study of an irrigation project shows how adaptation efforts can be very successful, but also that more extreme weather patterns pose threats of a new order of magnitude. It includes the story of farmer Ipaishe Masvingise, whose experiences featured in this Oxfam blog post.