Principal Secretary (PS) for Disaster Management Affairs Clement Chinthu Phiri says the country needs to invest in use of climate information for planning agricultural activities and providing warning of severe weather to reduce disasters.
The PS said this yesterday in Mangochi during a training workshop by the Department of Disaster Management (Dodma) for stakeholders in disaster risk management.
Dodma is implementing the Saving lives and protecting Agriculture-based Livelihoods in Malawi, Scaling up the use of Modernised Climate Information and Early Warning Systems (M-Climes) project aimed at reducing exposure of communities and assets to hazards.
Chinthu Phiri said: “We are starting implementation of the M-Climes project; hence, the need to train all stakeholders who will be involved in the project to ensure proper delivery.”
He said the project will increase safety and security of communities and reduce disruption of social services, family and community structures.
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) portfolio manager for resilience and sustainable growth Andrew Spezowka said Malawi is one of the first countries to benefit from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and hence, the need to build a solid foundation for the project.
“To improve service delivery, we must ensure that our house is in order so that we allocate resources where they are most needed and deliver top quality products,” Spezowka added.
The six-year project is funded by the Green Climate Fund (GCF), UNDP and government, and will be implemented in partnership with Department of Climate Change and Metrological Services and National Smallholder Farmers Association of Malawi.
It will run in 21 districts including Rumphi, Karonga, Nkhotakota, Dedza, Phalombe, Zomba and Lilongwe. n