Can a seemingly dry plain become home to a biodiverse forest? This question motivated agronomist Tony Rinaudo to begin his work in Niger Republic to revitalize desert areas using the “Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration” (FMNR) technique. This work has led to the development of 6 million hectares of farmland in Niger Republic alone, bringing sustenance and economically diversifying farming livelihoods. It earned Rinaudo the Right Livelihood Award in 2018.
On April 28, Tony Rinaudo will join us at DGAP for an evening conversation and screening of The Forest Maker, a documentary by Volker Schlöndorff. In the film (in German with English subtitles), Rinaudo goes back to where his work started 40 years ago, meeting with community members to discuss his technique and the impacts it has had on the area and its people.
We will begin the evening with the movie presentation with snacks and drinks. Following the screening, we will welcome Rinaudo to the stage to talk about the film, the FMNR technique, and the nexus between deforestation and sociological factors.
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