Women and unemployed youth are particularly at risk from the fallout of climate change in southern Africa. However, these two groups are a source of talent and energy, and should be developed to strengthen communities as climate change progressively becomes a daily reality.

Sustainable development in southern Africa can happen only if the poor are made less vulnerable. This includes women and unemployed youth who are even more vulnerable than the average population. Reducing chronic poverty and hunger can be achieved by better harnessing natural, human and financial resources.

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