Malawi is a landlocked country in Southern Africa. Over the last decade, the region has experienced devastating climate shocks, including erratic rainfall followed by months of drought. And this year storm Ana struck the region, destroying homes and livelihoods.

In Malawi, such occurrences are particularly devastating, since 90% of the population depends on rain-fed agriculture. In turn, the poverty that ensues has forced people into short-term coping strategies, including deforestation.

Looking through the lens of a western narrative, these communities have always been seen as victims, ...


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