Zimbabwe's policy makers believe that deforestation is a threat to the economy, but citizens believe environmental degradation is an outcome of the country's dire political and economic situation.
Local leaders and business owners have had to get creative to help their residents stay healthy and keep community economies going.
A consistent, predictable and friendly policy environment can attract private sector investments in agriculture to drive transformation.
Conflicts between seasonal property owners and year-round rural residents are highlighting the fault-lines between the "right to be rural" and "disaster gentrification."
Perhaps this crisis will focus minds on the problems caused by neglecting rural areas.
Migrants who've settled in regional Australia find jobs, get on with the locals and feel safe. So the government wants to know how to encourage more migrants to move there.
A greater focus on the well-established migrant populations and second-generation youth is crucial when planning for the social and economic well-being of rural and regional areas.
Rural and regional Australia is a big and diverse place, but some broad common issues do emerge as policy priorities.
Lusala, a wild yam that many in Zambia rely on for consumption and trade, is gradually taking longer to find due to deforestation.
Even if policies could be found to bind new immigrants to regional areas, workers' movements would continue to weaken the long-run impact on regional populations and economies.
South Africa's idea of radical economic transformation is missing a critical element.
Organic farming has roots in 20th century fascism, challenging the assumption that environmentalism and progressive politics are symbiotic.