World Vision, a Non-Governmental Organization in collaboration with the Forum for National Regeneration has organised a stakeholders’ meeting as part of efforts to educate stakeholders in the Bolgatanga East District of the Upper East Region on Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration.
This is a World Vision-led project, that seeks to educate farmers on how to restore the degraded land cover in the district using traditional methods.
Speaking at the forum, the Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration Project Coordinator at World Vision, Samuel Abasiba explained that, the project was first piloted in 9 communities in Talensi District and was later expanded to 57 communities.
According to him, the project, since its implementation has significantly helped in the regreening of a large land cover that was degraded in the Talensi District.
Following the prominent success, there has become an apparent need to also sensitize stakeholders of the Bolga East District to the processes of Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration.
He stated that “the purpose of this meeting is to introduce the Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration project and its achievements over the past 11 years that it was implemented in the Talensi District.”
“The Farmer Natural Regeneration was piloted in the Talensi District in 2009, it was introduced into 9 communities so that they can work together with partners to regenerate the degraded lands at the time,” he added
On his part, the Executive Director at the Forum for National Regeneration (FONAR) Sumaila Saaka, called on the government to embrace the Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration practice if it wants to achieve its Green Ghana Project objectives.
“We had implemented the Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration in Talensi for 10 years and the results are clear for everyone to see. We realized that, in some cases, in the case of Ghana and with the Green Ghana project, the focus is always on tree planting, when there are other very simple and effective means of helping to regenerate”.
“We are not saying you should not plant trees but we want the government to also recognize that, for places like the North, the five Northern Regions, we have a long period of dryness you know tree planting is not the most effective way. So, as a government they should also include Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration into the tree planting mix,” he stressed.
The Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration project is funded by Tony Rinaudo from his Rise Livelihood Award.
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