2nd Africa Drylands Week endorses FMNR adoption across the continent
September 1, 2014
The Second Africa Drylands Week has brought together the African Union, members of African governments and numerous international stakeholders active in the development of one of the most challenging environments of the planet: Africa’s drylands.
The event participants released a final statement where they highlight the impact of land regeneration through Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR) on the lives of million of farmers in the Sahel, Eastern Africa and Southern Africa. In the document FMNR is fully embraced and endorsed for up-scaling across the continent. Due to its multiple benefits and the possibility to apply its techniques without cash investments, FMNR should be adopted universally in the drylands.
The statement also stresses the instrumental role of FMNR in achieving the ambitious goal of the Africa CSA Alliance (ACSAA). The ACSAA was officially launched during the African Heads of State summit in Malabo (Equatorial Guinea) last June and aims at extending Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) approaches to 25 million farmers practicing by 2025. Climate Smart Agriculture is a concept promoted by the FAO and includes sustainable farming practices that increase productivity and are resilient to climate change such as FMNR, agroforestry and conservation agriculture.