Zim to Push for Regenerative Agric at COP28


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Harare: – Zimbabwe is set to prioritise regenerative agriculture and advocate for its adoption at the upcoming Conference of Parties (COP28) on climate change.

Speaking during a media workshop organized by Carboneg, Africa Voluntary Carbon Credits Market Forum (AVCCMF) chairperson Mr Kwanele Hlabangana said Zimbabwe’s push for regenerative agriculture at COP28 reflects the country’s recognition of the importance of sustainable farming practices in mitigating climate change and ensuring food security.

“It aligns with global efforts to transition towards more sustainable and climate-resilient agricultural systems.

“This not only ensures a sustainable carbon sink but also promotes household food security and contributes to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals,” he said.

Regenerative agriculture aims to achieve a significant reduction in carbon capita emissions and has already had a positive impact on over 3.5 million households across Zimbabwe through the Pfumvudza/Intwasa climate-proof regenerative agriculture.

It emphasizes techniques that restore and enhance soil health, biodiversity, and ecosystem services.

“It prioritizes the use of organic matter, crop rotation, cover crops, and minimal tillage to improve soil fertility, water retention, and carbon sequestration.

“These practices not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions but also enhance the resilience of agricultural systems to climate change impacts, such as droughts and floods”

Mr Hlabangana emphasised the critical milestone the COP28 represents in global efforts to combat the climate crisis and shape a sustainable future for the planet.

He highlighted the importance of reflecting on the progress made, acknowledging the challenges ahead, and redoubling efforts to achieve meaningful and lasting change.

“By advocating for the adoption of regenerative approaches, Zimbabwe aims to contribute to the global efforts in mitigating climate change and building resilience in agricultural systems,” he added.

The country’s participation in COP28 is a demonstration of its commitment to addressing the climate crisis and contributing to global sustainability efforts.

As the world gathers for COP28, the focus on regenerative agriculture highlights the urgent need to transform agricultural practices and explore innovative solutions that can mitigate climate change, protect ecosystems, and secure a sustainable future for generations to come.

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