Empowering farmers to regrow forests
In Zambia’s Katete District, tree loss has caused farmers like Adamson many problems. They’ve experienced soil erosion, more frequent drought and failed crops.
But through FMNR, Adamson and his neighbours are transforming their environment – and their lives. They are restoring tree cover and reviving the land for generations to come.
“If not for World Vision’s FMNR training … our land would have been without any trees, and we would be languishing in poverty with our children having no future,” says Adamson.
“We are slowly restoring nature,” adds Josias, a village chief. “We invited everyone in the communities – young people, men and women – and trained them on the importance of taking care of the trees.”
Birds, insects and animals have now returned. Community members are earning extra income from harvesting honey.
“Through these forests, we are able to take our children to school, build housing infrastructures and also it is our source of food and medicines,” Josias says. “Community members value the importance of having trees in the community and protect the forestry because they know that their lives depend on it.”