In semi-arid Africa, farmers are transforming the “underground forest” into life-giving trees

Revitalization of a traditional agricultural practice known as farmer managed natural regeneration is bringing new life to millions of acres of degraded land while boosting food, fuel, habitat and carbon storage.

Photo courtesy of World Vision Australia
Extension agent Ibrahim Yahaya demonstrates how to practice FMNR. Photo courtesy of Tony Rinaudo | World Vision Australia
Farmers use common tools such as sickles, harvesting knives, machetes and axes to prune vegetation. Photo courtesy of Tony Rinaudo | World Vision Australia
A farmer in Humbo, Ethiopia shows how much a farmer-managed tree has grown just 18 months after it was thinned and pruned. Photo courtesy of Tony Rinaudo, World Vision Australia
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