The Forest Underground: Hope for a Planet in Crisis

Tony Rinaudo has lived in worked in arid environments since 1981. Through his natural discovery and questioning of systems in nature, Tony pioneered Famer Managed Natural Regeneration or FMNR as a way farmers can help build soil health from the ground up! His work has impacted hundreds of thousands of lives around the world and has transformed more than 18 million hectares in 27 countries. You can read Tony’s approach in ECHO Technical Note 65 (authored by Tony Rinaudo).

Tony was also a featured keynote speaker at the 2020 ECHO International Agriculture Conference. His interactive “Meet the speaker” session is available here:

What is FMNR? This step-by-step guide demonstrates how to practice FMNR (farmer-managed natural regeneration), from selecting the right tree species to prune through to protecting regrowing trees. FMNR can achieve land regeneration and restore barren land, reducing food insecurity for subsistence farmers.

To learn more about FMNR, we have a video collection here:

Tony Rinaudo’s autobiography, The Forest Underground: Hope for a Planet in Crisis was published in April 2022 by ISCAST and is available on Amazon. It is available in Hardcover, Paperback, and Kindle.

“No research program—no matter how well funded—would have come up with this idea, because it expertly combines the subtleties of location-specific tree selection with farmer-specific opportunities and constraints.”

– Richard Stirzaker, Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency

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