Society & Community Sustainable Cities & Communities Sustainable Urban Sanitation

We can make our world better - Mark Suzman of Gates Foundation

Sustainable Urban Sanitation

Summary

Discussion with Mark Suzman, CEO of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on how his early career as a journalist in his native South Africa influences his perspectives; about the possibilities of eliminating or mitigating diseases, and addressing hunger and undernutrition amid the climate crisis.

Perspectives and insights

  • Climate adaptation' as opposed to 'climate mitigation' is in many ways a neglected part of the discussion around the climate crisis
  • Smallholder farmers across sub-Saharan Africa and Asia are already dealing with bigger fluctuations in their growing seasons, more floods, more droughts and other related issues.
  • It is important we take farmers' collective knowledge and pull it back down so the farmers themselves have that as a tool. Digital Green, a set of tools and videos that explains such knowledge in local languages and local terms is an example of one such effort, and is showing very encouraging early results.