A couple of months back I was short-listed for the Guardian’s International Development Competition for a feature I wrote on attempts to improve farming practices in Malawi. As a consequence of this, I’m heading to Zambia on Sunday for a week to research a piece on youth unemployment for the paper. I’m going with an NGO called Plan International and will be dividing my time between Lusaka and Chibombo, a rural area about 90km outside the capital.
I’m going to try and blog as much as I can while I’m in Zambia but for now just wanted to flag the trip up. It should be a fascinating country and with an election due on September 20 as well as lots of really big issues I’m sure there’ll be no shortage of stories while I’m out there. Tune into the blog in the coming days for more info.