People in the floodplains of Mozambique’s Zambezi Valley have always relied on the rains October and November so they could sow their seeds for a good harvest in the New Year.
But as a result of climate change there’s now no pattern to the weather. There are droughts and the rains are erratic, often coming very late and falling so heavily that everything is washed away. Crops fail, leaving people with nothing.
Save the Children’s Flood Plain Management Project, funded by the British Government’s Department for International Development, is helping communities to strengthen and diversify their livelihoods and make them economically sustainable.
The programme is part of the global Fast Start initiative by developed countries to accelerate finance to the poorest and most vulnerable countries to help them prepare for the impacts of climate change.