TIST Kenya

The International Small Group & Tree Planting Program (TIST) project in Kenya is working at the heart of the nation’s biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. Local farmers are trained to integrate tree planting with their farmed lands, which protects their crops from extreme weather events like drought, increases biodiversity, and provides more sustainable income. So far, 2,193 Ha of forest area has increased, removing 28,467 tonnes of carbon and benefiting over 10,007 farmers.

Intervention

Agroforestry

Location

Kenya

Developer

Clean Air Action Corporation

Methodology

AR-AMS0001

Project information

Integrating Agroforestry

The TIST agroforestry project in Kenya combines agroforestry and sustainable development to empower subsistence farmers with the technical know-how to protect their lands from the impacts of climate change. Farmers own their lands and receive carbon revenue by planting native trees, which also protect them from extreme weather events and improve the local biodiversity of the region.

Since its inception in late 1999, TIST has created a name for itself as a committed proponent for biodiversity conservation while tackling issues of rural empowerment and sustainable development. TIST Kenya has been certified by Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and Climate, Community and Biodiversity (CCB) Standards attesting to the credibility of their actions.

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

Great for Earth

Trees are our strongest natural defense against climate change as storehouses of carbon. Historical degradation of forest for food and farmland has weakened biodiversity and made the region vulnerable to extreme climate events like droughts and floods. This will be exacerbated by climate change. By training farmers to plant trees on and around their farms, TIST is helping to remove carbon from the atmosphere and increase resilience to extreme weather.

The increased forest cover is also improving the local biodiversity. Trees create natural corridors and buffer zones, making it easier for the native fauna to move across the landscape. The project specifically focuses on improving local biodiversity by planting native tree species. So far, 4,378 Meru Oaks (endangered) have been planted in the region.

Positive for People

The project has an innovative, community-driven approach which ensures local farmers are the architects, managers and beneficiaries of the project on the ground. So far, farmers have received approximately USD 289,739.67 in direct payments from carbon finance, and are supported by TIST through leadership and training opportunities.

Farmers can attend training programs for climate-resilient agriculture skills like conservation farming and building tree nurseries, and they have formed a network over local, regional and national scales, supported by TIST’s communications. By implementing better farming practices, farmers are supported over the long-term through improved and more sustainable crop yields.

Training is also offered in other areas of life such as building fuel-efficient stoves and malaria and HIV/AIDS prevention, which alongside the sustainable income, have helped TIST’s vision in combating HIV/AIDS related issues. Importantly, the project has also created income opportunities for over 4000 women helping to reduce gender inequality.