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Supporting Pastoralism and Agriculture
in Recurrent and Protracted Crises
1983
Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration

Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration is a low-cost land restoration technique used to combat poverty and hunger amongst poor subsistence farmers by increasing food and timber production and resilience to climate extremes. Started in 1983 in Niger, Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration is a form of coppicing and pollarding, drawing on traditional practices and sensitive to local variations.

In practice, Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration involves the systematic regrowth and management of trees and shrubs from felled tree stumps, sprouting root systems or seeds. The regrown trees and shrubs, which help restore soil structure and fertility, inhibit erosion and soil moisture evaporation, rehabilitate springs and the water table, and increase biodiversity. Some tree species also impart nutrients such as nitrogen into the soil.

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