While climate change and pollution are core issues across the planet, they are especially critical in Africa. According to statistics published by the United Nations’ Environment Assembly, across low-income countries in Africa more than 25 percent of all deaths are attributable to environmental causes, such as infections, parasitic illnesses, and nutritional deficiencies. And with respect to climate change, extreme droughts, floods and storms continue to batter the African continent; which is even more devastating considering that 70 percent of the population grows their own food to some extent.

While the situation is certainly dire and the damage is alarming and catastrophic, action can — and frankly, must — be taken now to interrupt the pattern, and stop climate change and pollution devastation in Africa and across the planet. According to seasoned entrepreneur Sanjeev Mansotra here are three core strategies that lead to this essential, life-saving…

Extreme weather triggered by climate change and rampant, in some cases fatal levels of pollution are threatening to do more than diminish core economic growth. In some developing regions in Africa, where one in four people are undernourished, the situation is life-threatening. For example:

  • Pollution in the river Volta has become so widespread and toxic, that half of the population of Nigeria lacks access to clean water.
  • The glaciers atop Mount Kilimanjaro that function as an essential water tower are drying up, and according to research by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 82 percent of the ice that capped the mountain in 1912 is now gone. …

The practice of using machinery in whole or part to mechanize the work of farm work — otherwise known as agricultural mechanization — is on the rise in Africa and many other parts of the planet, due to the confluence of factors including:

  • The growth of small and mid-sized farms, which are relying heavily on tractors and other types of machinery and equipment.
  • Rapid urbanization and surging demand for labor-intensive crops like cereals and grains.
  • Seasonal labor shortages, as more young workers migrate to cities and urban centers.
  • Increasing rural wages, which is putting pressure on smaller farmers to become more cost efficient. …

Sanjeev Mansotra

Entrepreneur and business owner based in UK

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