Over the years, farming communities within the High Forest zone, Guinea, Savannah Ecological zone, and the Forest-Savannah transition zone have experienced indiscriminate bush burning, loss of farm animals to Fulani herdsmen, and unproductive crops. This was until the introduction of the Landscape and Environmental Agility across Nations (LEAN) project which is implemented by World Vision, with funding from the European Union.
The project is scheduled to run for four years and aims to support smallholder farmers in the affected regions to access market incentives and establish diversified income streams. LEAN also plays a key role in ensuring that biodiversity is conserved, as well as building climate change resilience and the reduction of emissions from land use changes while helping farmers to improve their livelihoods.
In this video, community members talk about some of the benefits they have derived from the project's interventions, which include farm animals no longer being stolen by Fulani herdsmen because of the availability of feed or graze for them through the project. Benefits have also included that the occurrence of indiscriminate bush burning causing the degradation of farmlands has ceased due to increased knowledge of good agricultural methods given to farmers.