Field Visit and Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration Workshop
March 24, 2015
by Tony Rinaudo – Natural Resources Advisor (World Vision Australia)
Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration is not new to Malawi. It is a traditional agroforestry practice which has actually experienced a revival in recent years with significant areas of farmland once again sporting some level of indigenous tree cover and increasingly, regenerating trees may be seen in homesteads and villages. There is however, great opportunity to spread, intensify and enhance the current practice to improve the sustainability and profitability of agricultural systems.
On the 16th April you will have an opportunity to visit traditional FMNR systems a short distance from Lilongwe by participating in the conference Field Visit. Various authorities and practitioners will be sharing about the species growing and their uses and impact in the field. During the conference, Bob Winterbottom from the World Resources Institute will also share recent research findings on the extent and impact of FMNR in Malawi.
In the afternoon, an Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration workshop will be conducted for those wishing to know more on the subject. Bring your unanswered questions! Participants will have hands on experience pruning stems growing from tree stumps in the field and talks will be given covering the main features of FMNR and FMNR promotion experiences in other countries.
Check the program for more details.