FMNR Champion: Norbert Akolbila

September 16, 2014

NorbertWonderful Norbert Akolbila passed away in 2017, he is missed greatly by his FMNR family


Norbert Akolbila was a Community Development Practitioner with more than 16 years of experience in the field of community mobilization and development. He held a Diploma in Theatre Arts- Majoring in “Theatre for Development” from the University of Ghana, Legon and an Advanced Certificate in Development for Development Practitioners, University of South Africa (UNISA)-Pretoria. What distinguished him from others in his field of expertise was that he did his work with passion and humor, combined with a results driven approach.

Norbert had an interest in using his skills in drama as an effective tool for development and he had a special passion for promoting Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR). He greatly contributed to the success of the FMNR project in the Talensi District of Ghana through his untiring efforts to inspire fellow Ghanians – men, women and children – to adopt FMNR.

Having worked for 16 years with World Vision Ghana as a Development Facilitator and Programme Manager, he resigned in December 2013. But that experience had a lasting effect on Norbert, who upon leaving World Vision said:

“Let it not surprise you to find me after World Vision fully engaged in the FMNR movement. I can assure you that FMNR is something I cannot part with for the rest of my working life, no matter where I find myself after World Vision”.

Norbert went onto become an Independent Development Facilitator. He provided FMNR training to rural communities in the north of Ghana and presented at the Caux Dialogue on Land and Security in Switzerland. Norbert’s consultancy business – Movement for Natural Regeneration (MONAR) – still operates across Africa and provides training and advice on Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration and rural development.