Natural resources and development
Zimbabwe is blessed with abundant natural resources that have allowed our people to earn a living in diverse agro-ecological zones ranging from semi-arid grasslands to mountain forests. Climate change and climate variability may be changing the rhythm of life as manifested in extreme weather events. As a result of climate change and climate variability:
Rain-fed agriculture may become more difficult in some areas as rains come late and in unpredictable quantity. Some areas may become warmer and wetter (more humidity), with mixed results such as greater crop yields but more vector-born diseases such as malaria which were relatively unknown. There are likely to be more natural disasters, in the form of droughts, floods and wildfires. Levels in some dams may be frequently and increasingly too low for hydropower generation and irrigation because of shifts in rainfall patterns.
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