Agroforestry, Tree Planting Initiative, Kenya

A chance to support local farmers in Kenya at the beginning of their tree planting journey under the TIST program.

Cost

£ 1.45 /tree

Number of trees

Project information

Lead by small-hold farmers

Two decades of impactful community-centered tree planting successes later, the TIST project in Kenya is still growing! With each passing year, a growing community of farmers are including agroforestry on their land as part of the TIST program. But the benefits in carbon payments after trees are planted takes several years to cash in. The initiative closes that gap in conservation finance by supporting farmers right from the beginning of their carbon removal journey. This means their positive efforts for the environment are always rewarded, including when the finance is needed most.

TIST Kenya Project location on map

Intervention

Tree planting

Location

Kenya

Sustainable Goals

  • no poverty
  • zero hunger
  • good health
  • quality education
  • gender equality
  • clean water
  • clean energy
  • economic growth
  • infrastructure
  • reduced inequality
  • sustainable cities
  • responsible consumption
  • climate action
  • life below water
  • life on land
  • peace justice
  • partnerships

Project performance

The Earthly rating

The Earthly rating is the industry-first holistic project assessment. Earthly researchers analyse 106 data points, aggregating information across the three vital pillars of carbon, biodiversity and people. Projects in Earthly's marketplace all exceed a minimum score of 5/10.

TIST
Carbon

11,032,947

Trees planted

Biodiversity

6,892,203

Seedlings collected

Social

4,967

Villages involved

Project impact

Local impact

The image depicts the growth of quantified tree growers who are part of the TIST farmers in different groups centered around Mount Kenya from 2005 to 2020.

The image depicts the growth of quantified tree growers who are part of the TIST farmers in different groups centered around Mount Kenya from 2005 to 2020. Over this period, there is a consistent upward trend, showing an increase in the number of tree growers. It is worth noting that the TIST Kenya project extends beyond the area displayed in the image.

Project area: through time

With only 7% of the country having tree cover, Kenya is the least forested country in Africa. Kenya suffered severe deforestation from the 1960s to the 1990s, mainly from various illegal activities such as unlicensed timber harvesting and charcoal production. After the perpetrators were removed by the Kenya Forest Service, the degraded lands never regenerated.

TIST Kenya project is an excellent example of how action for nature can be rooted in community development, climate action and impact-oriented conservation practices. The project uses several tools such as hiring local leadership for project management, training on technology for monitoring and climate-resilient farming to create the maximum impact for people and society.

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Positive for People

Each tree planted through TIST generates $8 in real benefits for farmers. These benefits start to add up years before carbon finance can be received. This includes production of fruits, nuts and traditional medicine from the plants. The plant leaves are used as livestock fodder and the fallen litter improves soil fertility thus improving crop yield. Many farmers later on go on to become employed as monitoring personnel as TIST management in Kenya predominantly consists of local farmers.

This gift of trees will support investment in communities and people involved within the plantation efforts, opening doors for more people to be employed under the TIST Smallholder farmers groups. This unique structure has seen participation and leadership for women, youth, and other groups who experience discrimination. Today, 50% of TIST leadership and 41% of TIST participants are women.

A view of an agroforestry field in Kenya

Good for Earth

“How long will my sponsored tree store carbon” is often the big question around tree plantation projects. Through TIST’s agreement policy, farmers planting trees vow to keep them in the ground for at least 30 years. Since their beginning in early 2000s, TIST has planted 19 million trees globally so far that brings innumerable benefits across biodiversity especially around increased pollinator population, improving soil health, and purifying air quality. Farmers are given the freedom of choice of species which prevents monoculture plantation and improves regional plant biodiversity.

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A view of an agroforestry field in Kenya
A view of agroforestry fields in Kenya
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