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UN Ambassador support Botswana
31/10/16
UN Ambassador support Botswana On his recent visit to Botswana to engage with the Government of Botswana, its partners and stakeholders on the issue of El Nino with a special focus on how Botswana has handled the impact of drought through domestic resources and programmes, United Nations Secretary General (ANSG), Special Envoy on El Nino and Climate Ambassador Macharia Kamau had an opportunity to meet with the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Hon. Slumber Tsogwane on this matter.

UN Ambassador support Botswana

on his recent visit to Botswana to engage with the Government of Botswana, its partners and stakeholders on the issue of El Nino with a special focus on how Botswana has handled the impact of drought through domestic resources and programmes, United Nations Secretary General (ANSG), Special Envoy on El Nino and Climate Ambassador Macharia Kamau had an opportunity to meet with the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Hon. Slumber Tsogwane on this matter.

Hon. Minister Tsogwane said though Botswana has been standing out in finding measures to help contain drought, the government of Botswana now needs help as it had to dig deeper into the Development fund hence sidelining some of the projects in the National Development Plan. He said some projects had to be deferred to avoid some extreme measures such as severe drought. He noted that although the situation of rainfall has been improving this year, the recovery will be long and hard in light of the drought severity and the cumulative impact it has had over the last three years.

Botswana had to be declared drought stricken based on shortage of rainfall which has left shortage or no vegetation at all for livestock feeding and very dry soils with hot temperatures not conducive for ploughing hence limiting income generating opportunities in the agricultural sector.

Hon. Tsogwane said as much as the country needs rain, the recent rains have ruined lots of property and therefore the government have to find ways to assist those affected at a cost.

UN Ambassador Kamau said his visit to Botswana is to learn how the country has managed to avoid slipping into humanitarian crisis even though it has experienced severe drought and weather challenges in the past. He said some countries went through the same situations in the past but have failed to contain these kinds of situations hence the need to learn from Botswan how she does it.

Secondly, Botswana has been declared a national emergency and appealed for for assistance to get past the drought. With a standing reputation for prudent fiscal management, the Ambassador said in solidarity with Botswana and that she stands a better chance at being assisted with funds. He recommended the Green Climate Funds and others to assist Botswana in its current situation.

He said Botswana deserves to be assisted and promised to advocate for Botswana during these trying times.

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