Farm Forestry Networking Farmer Group Development in Kenya

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1997
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John R Parkins
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For decades now, there have been grave warnings about the alarming rates of tree and shrub destruction in the tropics. These warnings stressed the disastrous consequences of deforestation and predicted imminent fuelwood deficits across the African continent. However, the reality has been somewhat different from the worst-case scenario promoted by these doom-sayers. In fact, scientists looking at the issues of land degradation, deforestation and population dynamics in Africa are now realizing that these alarmist I " statements were remiss by not taking into account the value and efforts that farmers on the continent have put into long-term land care and regeneration. A study completed in 1994 reveals that, contrary to popular belief, Kenyan land covered by trees and shrubs increased 4.2% annually from 1986 to 1992 (Holmgren, Masaicha, & Sjoholm, 1994).
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