Breakfast seminar 23 November: Improving livelihoods, strengthening resilience and taking climate action

Tony Rinaudo demonstrates pruning.

Is it really possible to turn degraded land into forest without planting a single tree?

Breakfast seminar with 2018 Right Livelihood Award Laureates Tony Rinaudo and Yacouba Sawadogo.

Date: Friday November 23
Time: 08:00 – 09:30 (Breakfast served from 07:30)
Venue: Bullkyrkan, Grillska huset, Stortorget 3, Stockholm


Alarming reports from FAO and IPCC this autumn have signalled increasing world hunger, steady but slow reduction in poverty prevalence and the immediate need for unprecedented shifts in all sectors to stay below 1,5 degrees global warming.

This calls for innovative solutions – addressing several challenges at the same time to improve livelihoods, increase food security and nutrition, strengthen resilience and take climate action.

One pathway is the award winning method Farmer-Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR). But is it really possible to turn barren land into forest – without planting a single tree seedling? How can farmers regenerate their soil with innovative use of indigenous and local knowledge? Why are land rights hindering uptake? Can these methods be scaled up? How can knowledge be captured and transferred?

And – if these simple, low cost and rapid methods of reforestation can have a very significant impact, why are they still little known to national governments, donors, or communities who need it the most?

Welcome to an armchair conversation with Right Livelihood Award Laureates Tony Rinnaudo and Yacouba Sawadogo. Sharing their experiences of using Farmer-Managed Natural Regeneration to improve the livelihoods of millions women and men.

Warmly welcome!

Tony Rinaudo, Right Livelihood Award Laureate and agronomist, Australia
Yacouba Sawadogo, Right Livelihood Award Laureate and farmer, Burkina Faso
Linda Andersson, Policy Officer Sustainable Agriculture and Agroforestry, Vi-skogen
Moderator: Matthew Fielding, Deputy Director, SIANI & Research Fellow SEI