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Land Rehabilitation on the Central Plateau of Burkina Faso and Building Resilience to Climate Change through Farmer- Managed Natural Regeneration in Niger

August 29th, 2011 | Source: A publication by Pauline Bufflea, from IUCN, and Chris Reij, from the University of Amsterdam. Published by Ecosystem and Livelihoods Adaptation Network (ELAN)

Global climate change is suggesting that the African drylands can become even drier and more arid, and these areas agriculture may undergo further stress because of constant changes in rainfall distribution.

This study examines the methods to adapt to climate change that have been implemented in the Sahel region since 1980. Among these, Farmer managed natural regeneration (FMNR) is a simple practice consisting of identifying existing vegetation on degraded lands and then managing and protecting it.

In Burkina Faso many efforts have been made to rehabilitate barren crusted land using improved planting pits. This has allowed farmers to improve soil fertility and has increased the quantity of water available for the crops.

FMNR has had an enormously empowering effect on farmers.

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