In the past, I would cut down and burn trees in order to clear parcels of land to grow millet. But I saw that this didn't help at all as now there was nothing to stop the wind. My crops got buried in sand and yields were very poor. So I started using the Assisted Natural Regeneration technique.
I left tree stumps intact and started to nurture the new shoots that grew up around them. Very quickly, I saw the benefits: the leaves that fall from the trees decompose and act as fertiliser for my crops; selective pruning ensures a regular supply of wood fuel for cooking; my millet yields are better as the trees prevent the wind burying the seedlings; and the trees provide welcome shade during our rest breaks when working in the fields.
If we had counted all the trees in Sokoura 10 years ago, there would have been fewer than I have just in my fields alone today. These efforts really are bearing fruit.