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Mini-Workshop: The practical aspects of implementing FMNR

Facilitator and Speakers

Tony Rinaudo, World Vision Australia

Caroline Njuru, World Vision Kenya

Susan Karimi, World Vision East Africa Regional Office

Abstract

In the short space of 20 years, FMNR spread to over 5 million hectares in very harsh environmental conditions and despite extreme poverty, restoring around 200 million trees to a previously almost treeless landscape. In turn, this has contributed to a doubling of crop yields (from a very low base) increasing  food security. During this period, household income of FMNR practitioners increased from around $200/year to $1,000 and this in one of the world’s poorest nations. In some regions ground water reserves have been recharged and some wildlife are returning. How did this rapid uptake in FMNR adoption come about? What are the key factors in creating an FMNR movement? What are the most common obstacles to adoption of FMNR?

The FMNR mini workshop will provide participants with more information on FMNR, briefly covering the definition, history, impact and spread of FMNR. There will be an opportunity to ask experienced FMNR promoters more in-depth questions in small break-out groups. Following on from the main conference talks and the field visit, the mini-workshop will provide a unique opportunity to have your un-answered questions addressed. The focus of the mini-workshop will be on practical aspects of FMNR – Do’s and don’ts, factors in achieving successful scale up and dealing with obstacles.

The session will be led by Tony Rinaudo who pioneered FMNR for 17 years in Niger Republic, and is now spearheading FMNR initiatives in many countries around the world. He will be joined by Caroline Njiru, FMNR project manager, Kenya and Susan Karimi, WV East Africa Knowledge Management and Capacity Building Specialist who will share from their rich experience of developing FMNR movements in East Africa, following the 2012 Nairobi Beating Famine conference.

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