Land degradation threatens the survival of the world’s poorest people. It leads to more frequent and intense droughts and floods. More failed crops and starving livestock.
We must act now to restore degraded land, stop climate change and secure a liveable future for children and our planet.
FMNR made a remarkable impact in Luhundwa, Tanzania, in just three years.
Between 2010 and 2016, a barren hillside was restored with sturdy trees and lush vegetation by farmers practising FMNR in Ghana’s Talensi District.
“If you work with nature, miracles are possible,” says Tony Rinaudo AM, FMNR pioneer and World Vision Australia’s Principal Climate Action Advisor.
FMNR results in bigger and better crops, more firewood, timber and food for livestock, increased incomes, and better quality of life for children and their families.
In Humbo, Ethiopia, children celebrate the impact of FMNR in helping to generate income for their community through the sale of carbon credits.
In Kenya, farmers work together to restore tree cover on the land next to an irrigation dam using FMNR and other regeneration practices.
FMNR is an age-old way to regrow tress from stumps with living roots through careful pruning and protection. Combined with other land restoration techniques, FMNR is far more effective than planting trees.
Identify indigenous shrubs with extensive root systems.
Selectively prune everything but the first few shoots. This funnels all the nutrients into one spot.
Ensure your shoots are protected from wildlife as they grow.
Continue to monitor and prune your tree as it grows.
Harvest edible fruits and leaves and used pruned stems and branches for animal fodder, building poles and firewood.
But it’s compellingly effective! Tony and his team have helped to introduce and spread FMNR in 29 countries across Africa and Asia, contributing to the regeneration of million of hectares of land.
In our first phase, we’ll rapidly expand FMNR across four catalyst countries to kickstart the global movement. Our goal is to regenerate up to 20 percent of all degraded land in these catalyst countries by 2030 through FMNR and complementary land restoration practices.
Degraded land: 4.4 million hectares
Restoration goal: 882,288 hectares
Degraded land: 32.7 million hectares
Restoration goal: 6.5 million hectares
Degraded land: 22.7 million hectares
Restoration goal: 4.5 million hectares
Degraded land: 5.2 million hectares
Restoration goal: 1.04 million hectares
Together, we can help nature fight back against climate change and lift millions of people out of poverty at the same time.
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The impact of FMNR in Luhundwa, central Tanzania.
Cattle farming is the main income source for many families in Baringo County, western Kenya. But climate change has made it much harder for them to raise healthy livestock.
Droughts have become more frequent and intense, so animal pasture is increasingly scarce.
Women especially are exposed to dangers such as attacks by wild animals or cattle raiders because they have to walk much further from home to find pasture. This also robs them of the time and opportunity to take good care of their children and engage in income generating activities.
Through the power of FMNR, women like Grace are turning the tide. World Vision has collaborated with the Baringo County Government to teach them how to restore tree cover on their land and boost pasture growth.
“The work I have been doing to boost the growth of the indigenous trees in my home is finally paying off,” says Grace.
“The trees have made it possible for the grass seeds I received from World Vision to grow fast and thrive. So, I have sufficient pasture for my livestock now, in spite of the drought.”
With careful pruning and management, Grace and her neighbours have revived the indigenous trees that once covered their land. The trees have boosted soil fertility and reduced erosion and this has promoted the growth of grass and crops.
While drought takes a heavy toll on cattle herds elsewhere in the county, Grace has access to plenty of pasture and her animals are healthy.
“The milk production of my cows is still high so each morning I can prepare white tea for my children which they really love. Sometimes, they just drink plain milk because there is plenty of it. I am even selling some to generate income,” she says.
As a “lead farmer”, Grace trains other women in her community how to practise FMNR so they can also share in the benefits.
Nowadays, we no longer risk our lives by going into the dangerous forest in search of pasture,” explains Betty, one of Grace’s trainees. “We also have enough time to play with our children and engage in other activities like crop farming.”
1. Pers. Comm. Gray Tappan, US Geological Survey, 2016, 2. This is a conservative estimate based on calculations made by World Vision Australia’s Climate Action and Resilience Team, 3. https://onetreeplanted.org/blogs/stories/how-much-co2-does-tree-absorb
*Based on an internal cost per hectare estimate developed in 2023 using data from past WV investments.
** Based on external carbon estimates produced by NatureCo in 2023.
*** Based on World Vision Australia’s multi country project, ‘Reversing land degradation in Africa by scaling-up evergreen agriculture (2017-2023)