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Recently, Botswanaâ's government instituted consultations across the nation in order to cohesively incorporate climate change mitigation practices into the development programs of the country and make the issue a government priority.1 Climate change in Botswana has caused longer droughts, irregular rainfall, and crop diseases throughout the country.2 The entire nation has also experienced water shortages.3 The central focus of the adaptation program is the development of transfer technology, knowledge, and the promotion and education of the public on matters relating to climate change.4 In order to adequately prepare the country, the government has been launching several conferences across Botswana to further education and spread awareness of the negative effects of climate changes.5

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Independent Online 
The evergreen jewel of the continent is home to majestic wildlife, luscious landscapes and some of the friendliest locals you could ever meet. See more..
GABORONE — Three Zimbabweans have been dragged before the Broadhurst Magistrate Court in Botswana for allegedly masquerading as traditional healers. See more..
ZIMBABWE'S representatives in the women's category of the Federation of International Basketball (Fiba) Club Championships, Lakers and Southern Mavericks are expected to leave the country today for the competition which starts on Saturday in Botswana. See more..
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Mmegi Online 
Botswana continues to be one of the least performing countries in Maths and Science internationally, the just-released Trends in International Mathematics and ... See more..
The Independent 
When the waters gush down from the highlands of Angola into Botswana, creating the unique wetland ecosystem that is the Okavango Delta, they form the world's largest inland delta, with 18,000 square kilometres of winding channels and waterways bringing ... See more..
GABORONE. Oct. 19 (Xinhua) -- Botswana aspires to have a commercially viable agricultural sector by 2025, the southern African country's Assistant Minister of Agricultural Development and Food Security, Kgotla Autlwetse said Thursday. In his speech ... See more..
University of Botswana 
According to the 2008 University of Botswana Strategic Plan, engagement occurs when the University makes a full contribution to the social, economic, civic and cultural aspects of life in the society it serves through professional activities of its ... See more..
Lusaka Times 
Shepolopolo Zambia launched their 2018 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup qualifying campaign with a 5-2 home win over visiting Botswana in Lusaka on Sunday ... See more..
Mmegi Online 
Motlhasedi, who competed against other beautiful and talented married women, was crowned Mrs Botswana a minute before 12 midnight after proving that she was not only a pretty face but a beauty with brains. In the top six finalists, Motlhasedi was asked ... See more..
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GABORONE – Anthrax has been detected in dead hippos floating in the Okavango River, officials in Botswana said on Wednesday, after more than 100 of the animals were suspected to have been killed by the disease in neighbouring Namibia. Botswana's ... See more..
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Southern Africa, north of South Africa

Total 581,730 sq km
Land 566,730 sq km
Water 15,000 sq km


semiarid; warm winters and hot summers
Natural Resources

diamonds, copper, nickel, salt, soda ash, potash, coal, iron ore, silver ;
Natural Hazards

periodic droughts; seasonal August winds blow from the west, carrying sand and dust across the country, which can obscure visibility
Current Environmental Issues

overgrazing; desertification; limited freshwater resources


Motswana (singular), Batswana (plural)
2,127,825 (July 2013 est.)
Ethnic Groups


Botswana has maintained one of the world's highest economic growth rates since independence in 1966. However, economic growth was negative in 2009, with the industrial sector shrinking by 30%, after the global crisis reduced demand for Botswana's diamonds. Although the economy recovered in 2010, GDP growth has again slowed. Through fiscal discipline and sound management, Botswana transformed itself from one of the poorest countries in the world to a middle-income country with a per capita GDP of $16,800 in 2012. Two major investment services rank Botswana as the best credit risk in Africa. Diamond mining has fueled much of the ...See More expansion and currently accounts for more than one-third of GDP, 70-80% of export earnings, and about one-third of the government's revenues. Botswana's heavy reliance on a single luxury export was a critical factor in the sharp economic contraction of 2009. Tourism, financial services, subsistence farming, and cattle raising are other key sectors. According to official government statistics, unemployment reached 17.8% in 2009, but unofficial estimates run much higher. The prevalence of HIV/AIDS is second highest in the world and threatens Botswana's impressive economic gains. An expected leveling off in diamond production within the next two decades overshadows long-term prospects. A major international diamond company signed a 10-year deal with Botswana in 2012 to move its rough stone sorting and trading division from London to Gaborone by the end of 2013. The move may support Botswana's downstream diamond industry. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$32.06 billion (2012 est.); $30.88 billion (2011 est.); $29.39 billion (2010 est.)
Gross National Saving

34.7% of GDP (2012 est.); 39.9% of GDP (2011 est.); 37.3% of GDP (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

livestock, sorghum, maize, millet, beans, sunflowers, groundnuts

diamonds, copper, nickel, salt, soda ash, potash, coal, iron ore, silver; livestock processing; textiles