Farmers in Niger benefit from letting trees grow in their fields

| June 24, 2019

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Like this week’s Farmer stories, our Script of the week focuses on trees and agroforestry.

The script discusses Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR). FMNR is a farming practice which involves protecting and managing re-growth of trees and shrubs in farmers’ fields. FMNR benefits farmers by bringing back woody vegetation. Farmers almost always concentrate on bringing back trees and shrubs with an economic value.

It is surprising to learn that FMNR has received little attention. Very few national and international decision-makers are aware of it, and there are only a few publications on the topic. But one study states that Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration has had a positive impact on at least five million hectares of cultivated land in Niger. If this is accurate, it is unique in the Sahel and probably in Africa as a whole.

This script is based on actual interviews. You could use this script as inspiration to research and write a script on a similar topic in your area. Or you might choose to produce this script on your station, using voice actors to represent the speakers. If so, please make sure to tell your audience at the beginning of the program that the voices are those of actors, not the original people involved in the interviews.