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Successful farmer-managed natural regeneration in Ghana: a case study

January 7, 2019

A community in Ghana have taken only five years to restore their forest and are already enjoying the benefits.

 

Samuel Abasiba of World Vision Ghana defines farmer-managed natural regeneration (FMNR) as “a low-cost land restoration technique used to combat poverty and hunger amongst, subsistence farmers by increasing food and timber production, farm incomes and resilience to climate extremes.”

Abasiba worked with a chief and 20 leading farmers to establish a community forest in Saaka Aneogo in Bawku West District in Ghana’s Upper East Region as part of a project to establish FMNR in four communities.

The model for the forest, says Abasiba, comes from successful pilot projects in the drylands of Niger around the towns of Maradi and Zinder established in 1983. Since then, the approach has spread to 23 countries around the world.

Just five years after it was begun, the 58-hectare community forest now comprises well over 100 tree and shrub species. According to Abasiba, more are appearing all the time as the forest attracts birds and other wildlife that spread seeds. When the community first identified the site for regeneration, he says they identified only 53 species of trees and shrubs.

Originally published on the World Agroforestry Website.

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