Tanzania’s vulnerability to climate change impacts is showing itself in the form of increasing floods and droughts, and in shifts in the timing of the wet and dry seasons. This affects the water supply and the environment, agricultural productivity, and the business activities and health of the population. The frequency and intensity of extreme weather events are expected to increase in the future.
The Tanzanian government has underscored the damaging impacts of climate change on the country’s sustainable development in its poverty reduction strategy. To secure sustainable socioeconomic development in Tanzania, the government is planning comprehensive adaptation measures in the areas of food security and poverty reduction.
The consulting firms GOPA and GKW Consult are currently conducting a feasibility study and preparing policy proposals for a project, funded by the Green Climate Fund, in the Simiyu Region in northwestern Tanzania. They are investigating how to effectively counter the impacts of climate change via improved water provision, adapted land usage, and promoting sustainable income strategies. adelphi was commissioned to both assess the vulnerability of the local population, who significantly depend on agriculture and livestock for their livelihoods, to climate change and to develop possible appropriate adaptation strategies.