I traveled to Malawi & Zambia for work, two new countries I’ve never been to before. These tropical countries nestled in mid-Africa are biodiversity hotspots on land and on water and some of the poorest of the poor countries, a mix of verdant greenery and villages on the brink of disaster. My time was spent familiarizing myself with the environmental and climate-change-attuned agriculture projects of our field offices in country as well as helping organize a USAID learning event on climate-smart agriculture for sub-Saharan Africa. The increasing awareness that the natural environment and economic growth are so inextricably linked…and need to become less tightly linked and/or more flexible was encouraging. But we’ve a long way to go.
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