Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR): combat poverty and hunger through land and vegetation restoration

Introduction

Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR) is a low-cost land restoration technique used to combat poverty and hunger amongst poor subsistence farmers by increasing food and timber production and resilience to climate extremes. Started in 1983 in Niger, FMNR is a form of coppicing and pollarding, drawing on traditional practices and sensitive to local variations.

In FMNR systems, farmers protect and manage the growth of trees and shrubs that regenerate

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The covert industry that is destroying the world’s rivers

The covert industry that is destroying the world’s rivers

Sediment is being removed from the rivers like the Mekong faster than it can be naturally replenished, increasing the risk of riverbank collapse. This photo was taken in Cái Bè, Vietnam. [Credit: Corryn Wetzel | CC BY-SA 4.0]

The global boom in sand mining threatens millions, a new study of the Mekong River suggests

Good sand is surprisingly hard to find, and some of the best — the kind used … [more…]

Where There’s a Weevil, There’s a Way!

Where There’s a Weevil, There’s a Way!

What do you do when 6,000 acres of your favorite place disappear?! When the lake you love becomes an endless expanse of floating green ferns? Fear not: with the power of community and a few underappreciated insect superheroes, not all hope is lost!

Strap in! On this edition of Saturdays Around the World , we’re headed out for a wild ride to investigate the happenings of Caddo Lake in Texas. … [more…]

10 Shocking Facts On Factory Farms Will Make You Rethink That Burger

Graphic: 10 Shocking Facts On Factory Farms and Water Pollution Will Make You Rethink That Burger

Graphic by Hannah Williams

In the United States, around 27 billion animals are raised for food every year. These animals are subjected to lives in extreme confinement where they live in fear and pain. The cruelty that these animals experience is rather well-known and understood, however, the negative environmental impact that raising this many animals causes is less so. One of the most notable ways that factory farming impacts the … [more…]

Why we need sharks: the true nature of the ocean’s ‘monstrous villains’

artwork: many varieties of sharks in the ocean ecosystems

There are more than 500 known species of sharks. Illustration: Good Wives and Warriors

Each day, as the sun sets over the coral-fringed Raja Ampat Islands in Indonesia, an underwater predator stirs. As predators go, it’s not especially big or ferocious – an arm’s length from head to tail, with a snuffling, moustachioed snout.

What’s unique is that it doesn’t so much swim along the seabed as walk. Using its … [more…]