Reforesting the Sahel: Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration

Reforesting the Sahel: Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration


This study describes the development of a simple income generating and self-promoting reforestation system called Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR) developed in Maradi, Niger. FMNR is an agroforestry system based on the natural regeneration and management of tree systems from underground stumps.

Goals & Approach

Using the Maradi Region as a case study, the authors aim to show that FMNR has the potential to transform the entire Sahelian Region. The study reviews the history of FMNR in Maradi since 1983 and then explores the reasons for success along with the potential weaknesses of the practice. 

Reported Takeaways

The authors conclude that FMNR together with other agroforestry systems have the potential to impact the whole Sahelian region and to provide a much-needed boost to communities.



Cunningham, P.J.& Abasse, T. 2005, Reforesting the Sahel: farmer managed natural regeneration. In: Kalinganire A, Niang A, Kone B (eds) Domestications des espe`ces agroforestie`res au sahel: situation actuelle et perspectives. ICRAF Working Paper 5. World Agroforestry Centre, Nairobi, pp 75–80.


  • SIM International, Maradi Integrated Development Program, Niger Republic