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Baringo, Nakuru cushioned from climate change

28 March 2014, 22:09

Nairobi - More than 150 000 locals in Baringo and Nakuru Counties are poised to survive the negative impact of climate change following a partnership between World Vision and Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

The partnership would over the next five years implement a Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR) project.

FMNR seeks to improve food security and enhance the communities' capacity to adapt to climate change as well as take part in restoration of the degraded environment thus strengthen household resilience.

World Vision Kenya National Coordinator for Environment and Climate Change, Joan Sang, explained FMNR was a farmer driven low-cost, easily replicated approach to restoring and improving agricultural, forested and pasture lands through natural reforestation and agro-forestry.

"The approach is based on the systematic re-growth of existing trees stumps, roots, or self-sown seeds and is possible where there are living tree stumps with the ability to re-sprout or seeds in the soil that can germinate," Joan explained.

The FMNR approach discourages the total destruction of trees. Instead of the traditional way of cutting down an entire tree farmers are trained to prune a few branches of the tree and let the rest of the tree to grow.

"The emphasis is to reduce the number of branches rather than cutting all the trees down. This allows nutrients to return to the soil and existing stumps with deep roots are able to grow back quicker than new trees," Joan noted.

Geoff Toot, the Australian High Commissioner to Kenya said he was confident FMNR would improve the environment for agricultural development.

"More than 13 million people across the Horn of Africa are directly affected by climate change. It is therefore critical that we seek out initiatives that will build the resilience capacity of these communities to cope with climate change," added Tooth.

- CAJ News


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