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Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR): A good news story for a deforested and degraded world: - YouTube -
June 16, 2012
Tony Rinaldo single handedly helped restore Niger's forests with a pocket knife. People can't fix the dessert with 20 billion dollars but he does it with a pocket knife to manage the grazed trees that grow as multi stemmed coppice bush. Cut them to the strongest leader and maintain the growth on the strongest leader the bushes will turn back into a tree in three years because the root systems are so deep. They handle goats and animal grazing every year. Put 500,000 tons of grain production back into the system. Simple system with a very low budget. Every place in the dessert you don't see animals because you only see them when it rains and they go eat the bushes which keeps them from growing back as trees. Tony stopped that cycle. Which caused the trees to grow which caused shade and capture moisture. The herders cut the fodder and bring it back to the goats instead of letting them graze. -
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