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Q&A: Can African-Sino Agri-Health Cooperation Champion Green Recovery?

File image of a Malawian farmer works on his land in Nsanje district several hundred Kms south of the main town Blantyre. Due to severe drought hit Malawi, one of the poorest country in Africa, most of the land is dry and has not produced the expected quantity of maize. GIANLUIGI GUERCIA / AFP

For a moment it would seem that climate change has taken a backseat in the midst of a global pandemic, yet we are increasingly seeing the need to make linkages between COVID-19 response and climate action policies. What has been termed as “green recovery” refers to implementing policies that intrinsically are centered on sustainability while mitigating the impacts of climate change. An estimated average decline of 10.6 % is expected for the crop mean yield across the African regions by 2050. With reported higher temperatures, floods, droughts, locusts invasion, Africa is at risk of becoming vulnerable and food insecure.

To understand how to tackle these issues headstrong during COVID-19, CAP Managing Editor Eric Olander spoke with Hannah Ryder, CEO of the Beijing-based consultancy Development Reimagined to find out how best to conceptualize what a green recovery would look like.

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