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Africa is at the core of the global climate change catastrophe. www.theexchange.africa

Africa’s fast population growth exacerbates the issue. According to most estimates, Africa’s population will double by 2050 and then double again by 2100, finally reaching over 4 billion by the end of the century. Feeding Africa’s rising population will need considerable breakthroughs in the continent’s food systems.

However, agricultural progress may be difficult if African farmers are subjected to more severe climatic effects. To prepare for these future difficulties, one must understand how climate change will materialize in Africa and its impact on the continent’s agricultural systems.…

African cities are prone to flood damage, which can be widespread leaving hundreds homeless, communities and economic systems destabilized and infrastructures costing millions to build, destroyed. 

All these issues factor in an uncomfortable reality that African communities cannot afford. According to a 2018 publication by The Conversation, floods cost Tanzania up to $2 billion annually, while tracing back to 2012, Nigeria—Africa’s top economy suffered its largest floods in the century which wiped out assets worth nearly $10 billion. …

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Nature hurts economies, and if such economies are not well equipped to handle the aftermath of flooding, famine, water scarcity, or food insecurity—the more shocking realities are bound to come.

Climate change is real and it hurts African economies, and the region is being slapped with a heavy price to pay, amid its struggle to mark sustainable development.

According to a 2018 report by The Conversation, in the same year—almost 10,000 homes were wiped off the ground by floods, displacing nearly 2 million people in Africa up to September 2018.

In East Africa, Tanzania losses nearly $2 billion in damage from floods according to a report published by Nature Climate Change in 2017.

As the least emitter of greenhouse gases, Africa stands to lose a lot in this battle, with climate action funding coming in short and countries such as the United States of America and China tiptoe on taking …

Tanzania’s government via the President’s Office Ministry of Regional Administration and Local Government (PO-RALG) with support from World Bank and UK aid as financier, has funded the Tanzania Urban Resilience Program that brought, Msimbazi Opportunity Plan.

This is the comprehensive blueprint, turning the commercial city hazardous basin into a valuable real estate asset for urban resilience.

The entire process was rooted by Tanzania’s Vice President Hon. Samia Suluhu’s quest for eliminating flooding in Dar es Salaam, resulting into a coherent participatory process to beget the Msimbazi Plan, known as “Charrette”, which began from January 2018 to August 2018. Over 200 people were involved from 59 institutions and communities.

Dar es Salaam, the commercial city with approximately 6 million people, has suffered enormously under floods over time and space, and Msimbazi Valley being the epicenter of vulnerability and stress to thousands of victims.

Msimbazi river and its tributaries flow through the …