Reforestation in Africa is feeding millions
It's been called "probably the largest positive environmental transformation in the Sahel and perhaps in all of Africa," by internationally acclaimed environmental specialist Chris Reij. A simple farming practice is turning desert plains into reforested and productive farmland.
Across Africa, World Vision and others are helping poor communities to practise and benefit from Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration, or FMNR. World Vision’s Tony Rinaudo, one of the original champions of FMNR, is provide training and inspiration around the world.
Through FMNR, farmers prune the regrowth sprouting from tree stumps and roots. From their revitalised land, they are dramatically improving their harvests and livestock productivity, and increasing their income. Families have more food on the table, and the risk of famine has reduced and child nutrition has improved.
Tony started promoting FMNR in Niger in 1983. In that country alone, 200 million trees have since grown on five million hectares of degraded farmland. Over the last 10 years, World Vision has promoted FMNR in communities elsewhere across Africa and Asia, and at least one million more hectares of land have been regenerated.
Nigerien farmers are now producing an additional 500,000 tons of cereals a year – enough to feed 2.5 million people. In some communities, increased crop harvests have significantly reduced the annual “hungry period” from six months to less than one month each year.