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Farmer-Managed Natural Regeneration

Farmer-Managed Natural Regeneration

Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR) is a low-cost land restoration technique used to combat poverty and hunger amongst poor farmers by increasing food and timber production and resilience to climate extremes. In practice, FMNR 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. Satellite imagery and GIS can contribute to this objective by characterizing LULC based on physical and socio-economic factors in areas where FMNR has been successfully implemented, identifying suitable areas for upscaling FMNR practices based on the identified characteristics, and analysing how the FMNR and non-FMNR areas change by using time series analysis and the effects on crop yields. To finalize the service, the remaining activities proposed include the validation of the suitability mapping model, and it’s scaling up for wide adoption in Niger and other countries of the Sahel. So, suitable areas to upscale FMNR will be communicated to stakeholder and farmer associations. This work may also be supported by NASA, National Great Green Wall Agencies, and their partners.

Agriculture and food security (AFS)

Agriculture is the base of the economy of West Africa, which, as the World Bank asserts, provides livelihoods for most of the vulnerable population..

Land use land cover change and ecosystems (LUE)

Landscape management is associated with major challenges and opportunities throughout West Africa..

Water and water-related disasters (WRD)

Water scarcity and excess are the major constraints to sustainable livelihoods in the Sahel and West Africa. They usually result in floods and droughts..

Weather and climate (WAC)

West Africa is prone to high variability in seasonal weather. This is exacerbated by climate change, which increases the severity and frequency of this variation. Traditional means..

Financial instruments (FIS)

Financial Instruments (FIS) is a new service area proposed by SERVIR West Africa for 2022-2027 to build EO services that leverage stakeholders’ access to financial resources across..


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