Re-greening Landscapes – Uganda National FMNR Conference

June 23, 2014

World Vision Uganda will host a national FMNR conference in Kampala on 2 and 3 July 2014. The objective of the event is to share experiences and establish a network among stakeholders to scale up FMNR in the country.

As part of the FMNR for East Africa project, World Vision Uganda is supporting local communities to build resilience through sustainable land management. Two years ago, when travelling the country with her husband Tony, Liz Rinaudo reported widespread forest destruction and denuded hillsides. Since then, Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR) has become one of World Vision Uganda’s models to address these environmental degradation challenges. Tony Rinaudo’s Technical Notes for Uganda address these issues and provide useful recommendations to improve rural livelihoods through trees’ regeneration. 

The number of farmers embracing FMNR practice has reportedly increased in the past six months and the FMNR movement is now ready to spread further and reach out to the key stakeholders in the country.


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Are the trees people, that you should besiege them?

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Conference presentations

Cathy Watson – Head of Program Development, ICRAF Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration. An agroforestry practice: easy fast and richly rewarding
Tony Rinaudo – Natural Resources Advisor, World Vision Australia FMNR as a low cost option to re-greening landscapes
Cotilda Nakyeyune – FMNR project Coordinator, World Vision Uganda Implementing FMNR: the World Vision Uganda experience
Jane Kugonza – Dissemination Facilitator/Team Leader, ICRAF Evergreen Agriculture and its link to FMNR
Dr Sam Gwali -Senior Research Officer, National Forestry Resources Research Institute Building community based adaptation and resilience to climate change in Uganda
Louis Balikuddembe – District Natural Resources Officer Kibaale Re-greening experiences of Local Government – Kibaale DLG
Sande Dickens – Project Manager, Sawlog Production Grant Scheme Private Sector/Government partnership re-greening efforts- SPGS
Enid Kabasinguzi Ochaya – Disaster Risk Reduction Manager, World Vision Uganda Contribution of FMNR to Disaster Risk Reduction
Tony Rinaudo – Natural Resources Advisor, World Vision Australia Success factors for building an FMNR movement
Buzu Fredy Bayo – FMNR Farmer Successes of FMNR in Offaka ADP

Conference highlights

Over 100 participants attended Uganda FMNR National Conference to view successes and  plan scale up for environmental restoration.

Cotilda Nakyeyune, Country Manager for FMNR at World Vision Uganda, speaks on the progress of FMNR in Uganda. 320 farmers have increased production of fodder, honey, herbs and timber

“If we all work together on FMNR we can transform Uganda” says Tony Rinaudo, Natural Resources Advisor at World Vision Australia 

Buzu Fredy Bayo, FMNR farmer, says FMNR motivates farmers through increased income from honey and goats

“Absolutely everybody can do FMNR” says Cathy Watson, Head of Program Development  at the World Agroforestry Centre

Enid Kabasinguzi Ochaya, Disaster Risk Reduction Manager at World Vision Uganda, speaking on contribution of FMNR to Disaster Risk Reduction – cheap and effective mitigation

The Group Work,  on the second day of the conference, engaged all participants in a dynamic discussion on how to work collaboratively among all stakeholders to scale up FMNR in Uganda

Francis Esegu, Director of the National Forestry Research Institute (NaFORRI), in the conference closing remarks discussed FMNR and its role in addressing the challenges ahead. He described FMNR as a channel for reforestation and sustainable land management and acknowledged the birth of a national FMNR movement in Uganda. This will be key in tackling the four root causes of hunger in East Africa, which are coming together in a “perfect storm”: (1) declining soil fertility throughout whole country, (2) loss of traditional approaches to land use, (3) low use of fertiliser due to its high cost and (4) climate change.