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Improved Forestry Practices Benefit Women, Widows, and Landless Poor in Niger

Niger is among the poorest nations. It suffers greatly from deforestation, which was exacerbated by colonial land management and tenure policies that discouraged responsible forestry. In 1983, Niger began experimenting with farmer-managed natural regeneration, which encouraged local farmers to regenerate existing trees and stumps to provide firewood and fodder and stabilize soils.

deforestation, gender, indigenous peoples, land degradation, land tenure, public awareness, public participation, stakeholder engagement