FMNR: Tapping into Africa’s “Underground Forest”

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Planting trees may seem like the most logical way to restore African forestland. However, another method, simpler and even more “scalable” has sprouted trees in millions of hectares in Niger, turning it into Africa’s only nation that is currently experiencing net “aforestation”. That means that they are actually increasing forested land instead of losing it. The technical name is “FMNR” which stand for “Farmer-Managed Natural Regeneration”. It was first conceived by an Australian missionary named Tony Rinaudo during the 1980s in this harsh desert nation. A quiet scientist with a servant’s heart, Dr. Rinaudo developed the procedure which basically consists of PRUNING already existing bushes, allowing them to quickly form a tree canopy, cooling the soil, catching moisture and permitting other native plants to grow and thrive. It all began when Dr. Rinaudo realized that many of the millions of desert shrubs dotting the vast African Sahel were really stumps leftover from trees cut down in earlier generations. By unleashing and restoring the power of this “underground forest”, and passing the knowledge on to local farmers, Niger is experiencing an amazing green revolution that has caught the eye of International experts. We are partnering with, “THE BEERSHEBA PROJECT”  in Senegal to help practice this simple process among the Serer tribes. You can participate in what is truly an ongoing revolution in reforestation. Watch this fascinating video, “FMNR in the Spotlight” (with film shot on location at Beersheba where Planting Together teams are working now!!) or read more about it here. easy article: http://rejectapathy.com/magazine/archives/issue-02/features/26156-planting-change original article: http://subscriptions.leisa.info/index.php?url=getblob.php&o_id=113390&a_id=211&a_seq=0 more about FMNR: http://www.beatingfamine.com/uploads/Releasing%20the%20UG%20forest%201%20Fnl.pdf

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