Agnes Kalibata, president of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), speaks during the opening of the international African Green Revolution Forum in Abidjan on September 6, 2017. Photo by Sia KAMBOU / AFP)

The continent is looking to put the green agenda at the heart of its COVID-19 economic recovery, with the proposal of the African Green Stimulus Programme (AGSP) to catalyse the recovery of key sectors hardest hit by the pandemic. “The programme aims to mobilise financial and technical resources to upscale and enhance the implementation of the portfolio of blue and green economy and climate change initiatives, while identifying areas requiring new interventions to support Africa’s green recovery,” explained Balgis Osman-Elahsa, chief climate change and green growth specialist at the African Development Bank (AfDB).

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Joe Walsh is a freelance journalist based in Johannesburg. He writes about the environment, energy and the green economy as well as politics and society for British publications, including Environmental Finance, the New Statesman and The New European.