Most of us won’t even harvest anything this year because of the rains coming at the wrong time of the year.’
Gertrude Hamooya, one of 100 global voices calling for an ambitious Climate Bill
Gertrude Hamooya, 38 is a small-scale farmer in the Chipembi area of Chisamba District in Zambia. She cultivates mainly maize and groundnuts but also keeps free range chickens.
'Our lives have become harder as farmers due to climate change. The dry spell we experienced at the beginning of this season meant that our crops could not make it even when the rains finally came, because when the rains did come, they were too heavy such that even a few plants that could have made it were destroyed by the floods.
'Most of us won’t even harvest anything this year because of the rains coming at the wrong time of the year.
'The heavy rains have also destroyed the few roads we have in the area making it extremely difficult for us to transport anything or even to go to the hospitals.
'I think richer countries should also help sensitise us on the disadvantages of charcoal burning and also help train us in other businesses as a way of survival.
'They should also help us financially because they’re also contributing to climate change because of their industries.'