About the project
The International Small Group and Tree Planting Program (TIST) is a combined reforestation and sustainable development project. The project works with small groups of poor farmers to replant trees which counters the devastating effects of deforestation, poverty and drought. Since TIST’s inception in 1999, they have helped plant over 18 million trees in Tanzania, India, Kenya, and Uganda
How it works
TIST members are subsistence farmers and participate voluntarily. As a grassroots initiative, the farmers form small groups of 6 to 12 farmers. They are provided access to training that allows them to build on their own best practices which are then shared with the other 9,000 groups. These small groups benefit from a new income source: the sale of carbon credits that result from the sequestration of carbon from the atmosphere in the biomass of the trees and soil. This program incentivizes other individuals to join causing more carbon to be sequestered.
- Increased crop yields which produces more income
- Local job creation
- Pests could move into the newly established area and destroy trees
- The local population may move into the lands for illegal grazing or cutting of trees
Who it helps
The sale of carbon credits provides income for participants and funding to address agricultural, HIV/AIDS, nutritional and fuel challenges for local communities.
Why we chose this project
This project has an active GPS based, on the ground monitoring program which enables independent tracking of the trees planted in each plot. This enables ‘absolute transparency’ into the field operations. The project has been utilizing computer based data collection since 2004. By sharing profits with local farmers, this project helps to raise the living standard of the rural population as well as creates a healthier, more productive environment for them.