He’s known as "The Forest Maker", famous around the globe for turning desert landscapes into fields of green.
And now, World Vision agronomist Tony Rinaudo’s ground-breaking reforestation technique is poised to take root at one of Kenya’s major universities.
A new generation of tree whisperers will be trained up after Moi University signalled its interest in adopting and spruiking the Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR) program.
The successful regreening program involves selecting and managing stems growing from live stumps, roots and seeds in the landscape. The original tree population is regenerated to produce thriving forests and productive farmland.
One success story in Ethiopia is even visible from space. Satellite images in 2006 of Humbo, in the southwest, show a brown land stripped of trees, peppered with small shrubs.
Within a decade, the area was carpeted in green, bursting with indigenous trees after farmers – including some of the world’s poorest – breathed new life into the land.