2024 KCP Application
The International Small Group and Tree Planting Program (TIST)
Customers & Partnerships
Project Summary / Description:
Twenty years ago, a group of farmers in rural Tanzania organized to discuss the most drastic problems they faced, and what actions they could take to alleviate these concerns. Out of this first meeting The International Small Group and Tree Planting Program (TIST) was formed. TIST‚ objective is to provide subsistence farmers around the world with the tools to combat poverty, drought, deforestation, and related development challenges. The program relies on local solutions to sustainable development. As the program has scaled within the current operational countries, development impacts have increased relative to diminishing costs. All program decisions are made with the best interests of TIST farmers as the primary concern. The TIST program addresses nearly all of the Sustainable Development Goals. These include, but are not limited to: reducing poverty (SDG #1) and hunger (#2) through conservation agriculture training fruit tree cultivation; sequestering carbon (#13) and restoring degraded land (#15) through tree planting; improving hydrology through a Riparian planting program (#6); increasing clean energy access through improved cookstoves (#7), and promoting gender equality by prioritizing women‚ leadership training (#5).
Regions of Operations:
Research or Economic Modeling
Measurement, Reporting & Validation
The International Small Group and Tree Planting Program‚ mission is to reverse the effects of deforestation, drought and famine worldwide; TIST supports tree planting and sustainable agriculture programs to address these needs. Since 1999, TIST participants have been identifying local sustainable development goals and strategies for addressing them. These include goals in the health, environment, education, and women‚ empowerment sectors. TIST Values are the foundation of TIST, and serve as a guide to the behavior of participants and the operations of the program. TIST Values were originally outlined by farmers and TIST employees in Kenya, and were then introduced into other project areas. Farmers and organizers have edited and refined these values over time to best define certain aspects of participation in TIST. Participation in TIST is dependent upon adoption of the TIST values: 1)¬†¬†¬†¬†We are honest. 2)¬†¬†¬†¬†We are accurate. 3)¬†¬†¬†¬†We are transparent. 4)¬†¬†¬†¬†We are servants to each other. 5)¬†¬†¬†¬†We are mutually accountable to each other.