Zambia is one of the most forested countries in Africa, with about 50 million out of the 75 million hectares total land area under some form of forest cover. However, the country also has one of the highest rates of deforestation and degradation in the world, estimated at 250,000-300,000 hectares of forest loss per annum. Reversing/slowing this high deforestation and degradation trend will require the country to design and implement programs and strategies that will effectively deal with both the proximate and underlying drivers of deforestation and degradation.
Formerly at the Global Environment Facility in the Lands Degradation Portfolio, World Bank Group in Washington DC, Andrew is a PhD researcher at the University of Edinburgh, UK. He is working on understanding the socio-economic and ecological implications of large scale land acquisitions in Zambia, focusing on the farm block program in the country that the government has been promoting as a vehicle for rural development and food security.