The International Small Group and Tree Planting Program (TIST) supports Small Groups of subsistence farmers in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and India to combat the devastating effects of deforestation, poverty, and drought. Farmers come together in Small Groups of 6-12, forming Clusters of 20-70 Small Groups. Clusters meet monthly to address agricultural, HIV/AIDS, nutritional, and fuel challenges, as well as to discuss tree planting. As TIST expands to more groups and more areas, it ensures more trees, more biodiversity, more climate change benefit and more income for more people.
The trees that the TIST farmers plant provide food, fodder, fruits, fuel, building materials as well as windbreaks and shade. They also absorb carbon as they grow, thus reducing the excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere that is driving climate change. The shade and water retention reduce soil temperatures, improve soil moisture, water supply, and crop yields. The other agricultural improvements improve the soil carbon, and thus improve fertility and production.
A personalized tree certificate to say thanks for your donation. We’ll also send you updates on our Tanzania project, so you can track the impact your trees are having on the community and environment.
Common tree species include Mijohoro, Luciner, Mikalatusi, Eucalyptus, Milonga, Mimelea, Casuarina, Mti kunuka, Gravellia & Mikorokapasi. Farmers choose what trees they wish to plant.
From 2001 to 2017, Tanzania lost 2.19 million hectares of tree cover, equivalent to a 8.3% decrease since 2000. Loss of tree cover on East African mountains has been linked to lower rainfall patterns and increased temperatures. Wildfires are occurring more frequently on the mountain, accelerating the destruction of forests. Because there are now fewer trees to trap water from clouds, the annual amount of dew on the mountain is believed to have fallen by 25 per cent.
Most of the population in these mountainous areas live and work on small farms. They will be hit first, and hardest, by the effects of climate disasters such as floods and wildfires. By working together with these communities, this project seeks to empower local people with education, tools, and economic incentives to make positive change, protect their future and save the unique mountain ecosystems in the region.