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In an attempt to salvage the remains of the land from the effects of charcoal burning, farmers in Eastern Africa are now being recognised for growing trees and grasses. This operates under a scheme known as Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR).

Under the scheme, farmers are trained and encouraged to take proper care of growing trees and make a habit of planting new trees from stumps and seeds. This practice is expected to prevent soil erosion and water loss, which will eventually lead to increased crop yield, more timber and better income, especially for farmers. The training is sponsored by World Vision Australia.

According to a beneficiary, Tumhaire, the product of the training and implementation was more pasture and increased production and this experience was common to all beneficiaries.

The programme is said to have restored hope to defenceless communities in West Africa.

A natural resource expert of FMNR said that the method of afforestation employed is cheap and based on community knowledge.

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