GOVERNMENT has struck a deal with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to revive small-scale irrigation schemes in four districts of Zimbabwe as the country moves to increase agricultural output and mitigate the effects of climate change. Climate change has resulted in erratic rainfall patterns and unpredictable weather, which has affected food output in Zimbabwe, where agriculture is the backbone of economic development. In a joint statement this week, the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement and IFAD said 75 000 people and 12 500 households will benefit from the irrigation projects, which will be carried out in Manicaland, Masvingo, Matabeleland South and Midlands. “The International Fund for Agricultural Development, Government of Zimbabwe and OFID (Opec Fund for…