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Biodiversity is key to sustainable agrifood systems in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is not spared from the global ecological, economic and social shocks affecting agriculture, and agroecology is a panacea to transform and drive sustainable agrifood systems

The agenda to mainstream biodiversity in agriculture seeks to balance the interactions between plants, animals, humans and the environment, while also advancing the need for socially equitable food systems within which people can exercise choice over what they eat, how and where it is produced.

Through the Ministries responsible for Agriculture and Environment, the Government of Zimbabwe convened a one-day coordination workshop to evaluate, learn and develop integrated approaches to mainstream biodiversity into agriculture. More than 40 experts attended the meeting from the agriculture and environment sectors, drawn in the context of strengthening the National Agriculture Policy Framework (NAPF) pillar eight (8) and the National Biodiversity Forum (NBF) to coordinate the implementation of climate-smart and ecosystem-based agricultural practices.

The FAO presented a preliminary inventory and status of agroecology implementation in Zimbabwe.

"The meeting provided an opportunity for participants to deliberate, collaborate and take collective action towards better food systems and implementation of multilateral environmental instruments to realise a better future for our country," said Andrew Mushita, executive director for the Community Technology Development Organisation.