“A project to reforest areas of drought in Niger is helping to buck the trend of food shortage.”
I was looking for an update on The Great Green Wall that is planned to halt desertification in Africa by planting millions of trees in a 9 mile wide by 4,400 mile long forest corridor. I found an interesting article in The Guardian that describes an innovative project in Niger called Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR). Tony Rinaldo of World Vision promotes pruning of trees to stimulate growth in addition to planting new trees. “Historically, farmers there removed any trees or bushes that sprouted up in their fields. But following a devastating drought in the 1980s farmers decided to allow the natural vegetation to grow and planted food crops around it. The result was a surplus of food and 12 million acres of trees, an area the size of Costa Rica.” Compare this low tech natural approach to the expensive approach being taken by Qatar.