Groundwater climate change food security smallholder farmers Karen Villholth GRIPP Zimbabwe
10 December 20
Africa, Asia, Southeast Asia
Zimbabwe has to better manage groundwater resources which provide a high potential for coping with and mitigating the impacts of climate change and food insecurity.
Groundwater is the largest store of freshwater in Africa. It holds approximately 100 times more freshwater than discharged annually in all rivers, and 20 times the freshwater stored in lakes on the continent. Karen Villholth, principal researcher and Groundwater Focal Point at the International Water Management Institute, told Business Times this week Zimbabwe is not effectively and systematically protecting its groundwater resources despite the existence of a “good understanding” around the hydrogeological conditions and groundwater resources in Zimbabwe.