As a wide-eyed 24-year-old graduate, clutching his environmental science degree, Jon Proctor went on an overland expedition holiday to Africa in 1989. He’d learned much of interest on his course, like how multiple cropping was good for keeping soil healthy and reducing disease among plants. Part of him thought he might have some knowledge to share with less developed parts of the world: “My environmentalist streak was yet to fully bloom,” he says. “I took my course in environmental science because I thought it would mean good career options.”

As he wandered through Togo, he stumbled across some ...


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