If one goal of this Trade Mission is to discover how diamonds can make the world a better place, we have to take an honest look at the negative impact of diamond mines on local communities in Sierra Leone.
At our Town Hall meeting, this local woman explained to us why malnutrition is more widespread now compared to a generation ago.
She and other explained that in diamond-rich districts such as Kono, which we are visiting now, agricultural land is converted into mines. That results in a lack of nutritious food for locals.
So today we visited a project run by a NGO called Resolve, that is reclaiming abandoned diamond mines for agriculture. This is a solution that comes from locals and benefits them!