"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. ...."