Women from Yameriga in the Talensi District of the Upper East Region have praised WVI for its Farmer Managed Natural Resource Regeneration (FMNR), which has become the safest means to improving livelihoods in the community.
The women who work together on the community Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration project termed in their dialect ‘Tintuug Lebge Tii’ in Taleni, which literally means ‘shrubs turned trees’ for the past 10 years have attributed existing tree cover and improved soils to non- burning and cutting of trees and other agronomic practices in the community.
The FMNR, according to them was a practice widely accepted in the community since its introduction under the World Vision International (WVI)Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration Project in 2009.
Madam Gmenoba Zaayella, a community member who spoke to the Ghana News Agency (GNA), said the project provided access to medicinal plants, wild fruits, fuel wood and roofing of their houses.
She acknowledged the regrowth of extinct trees and fruit species in the area and said it was made possible because the community protected areas were properly maintained and tree shrubs properly pruned using skills taught them during the intervention.
“We are enjoying the benefits today and attribute this to World Vision for showing the way and teaching us how to prune and manage the trees,” Madam Zayella acknowledged.
Explaining how they maintained the project, she said it involved pruning of the young shrubs, and caring for them to sprout well into trees.
She further indicated that when weeding around the shrubs they collected the pruned trees and used as fuel wood at home.
She said the introduction of the FMNR project had saved the community members, especially women from travelling long distances to the wild in search for fuel wood, which hitherto affected their health.
She noted that managing the community project well helped their livestock to find fodder and limited the animals from straying, whilst women and children now have the opportunity to pick shear nuts and other wild fruits to sell to cater for their financial needs.
Madam Zaayella who demonstrated the benefits accrued from the project also attested to the existence of some fruits and plants that went extinct and added that “now we are able to harvest these leaves here to prepare ‘Tobaani’”.
Madam Balam-lereg Bupoya, another community member, indicated that women in the community supported in the planting of shear trees, which were doing well, adding that shear trees could do well when planted.
She indicated that sales of the fruits from the project enabled them to save money to care for their children. ‘Our community has changed under the ‘Tintuug lebge Tii ‘
Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration is an initiative of WVI to restore degraded lands. It was piloted in the Talensi District in 2009. The project is in 57 communities in the District and aims at building the resilience of communities to environmental degradation and improve food security in the district.