World Vision Kenya has launched a new technology that will help smallholder farmers increase tree yields in their farms.
The new technique called Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR) is a low cost rapid and easily replicated approach to restoring and improving forests, agricultural and pasture lands. It is based on encouraging systematic re-growth of existing trees and can be used where there are living tree stumps with the ability to re-sprout or seeds in the soil that can germinate.
According to a March 2015 research published in the Journal of Environmental Economics and Policy Studies titled Effects of farmer-managed natural regeneration on livelihoods in semi-arid West Africa, If 1000 households in a community decide to practice the FMNR continuously, it results in an increase in the gross income by US$ 72,000 per year.
The research further revealed that noticeable changes are also observed on the value of tree products, with an observed significant increase in the value of the products harvested from the tree by about 34–38 percent among those actively practicing FMNR as compared to their counterparts. The results also lend support to the household resilience hypothesis of FMNR in that it leads to a significant increase in dietary diversity by about 12–14 percent.