What is
Kisiki Hai?

The Kisiki Hai technique is a way to regrow trees and support new, naturally occurring sprouts to grow big. By pruning and protecting the shoots, they can grow into big trees again!

Kisiki hai is also named ‘Saviour of Environment’, especially in dry areas, because of four reasons:

  1. Low costs,
  2. Sustainable,
  3. Easy for every person,
  4. Results in a short period of time.

Take a look at the benefits of Kisiki Hai below!

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The steps of
Kisiki Hai

Learn the four different steps of Kisiki Hai, so you can apply it on your own land.

  • STEP 1: Select
  • STEP 2: Prune
  • STEP 3: Mark
  • STEP 4: Protect

STEP 1: Select

CHAgua

Select the stumps you want to protect.

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STEP 2: Prune

POgolea

Select the best few stems of the stump and cut all the others.

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STEP 3: Mark

Alama

Put a mark by tightening a colorful piece of fabric around the stems that you want to let grow.

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STEP 4: Protect

TUnza

Keep protecting the trees throughout the year!

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CHAPOA TU!

A Summary of the Kisiki Hai Steps:

1. CHAgua: select the stumps you want to protect;

2. POgolea: select the best few stems of the stump and cut all the others;

3. Alama: put a mark by tightening a colorful piece of fabric around the stems that you want to let grow;

4. TUnza: keep protecting the trees throughout the year!

Easy reminder: CHAPOA TU!

CHAPOA TU

Let's regreen
together!

Many of your fellow farmers also started to regeen and, thereby, improve their land. That means that you are part of a big regreening movement! Congratulations! Together we can make Tanzania as the garden of Eden!

Jalome Sailowa a farmer from Mnyakongo village in Dodoma said:

“We used to cut down trees to make room for farming/crops. Unfortunately, there was a decrease in productivity and an increase of soil erosion. Through LEAD Foundation and Justdiggit, we have embraced restoration approaches like Kisiki Hai that nourish soils, improve our food security and livelihood.”

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Question 1

How can we prevent trees from being damaged by cattle or fires?

 

Make agreements in the community.

The establishment of bylaws and fines in the community can help to prevent forest fires and trees to be eaten by cattle. You can go to the village office to get to know the bylaws in your village.

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Question 2

Can I still farm with cows or a tractor when having a lot of trees on my farm?

 

Yes, you can! There are two options to keep trees on your farm:

  1. On the surrounding borders of your farm.
  2. In line of your farm.

When you choose the second option, take the following things in mind:

• Leave enough space between the trees, so that cows and tractors are able to pass with ease.
• Place the tree lines on the east side, so that it enables sunlight to let your crops grow or;
• Place the tree lines parallel to the contours, so they block the flow of water.

Advice:

• Keep at least 20 trees per acre on your farm and;
• Create an area of at least half an acre for growing trees, which can be used for firewood, food for animals and wood for building houses.

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Question 3

Will trees not compete with my crops for water, sunlight, or space?

 

Field results and measurements show that crop yields actually increase by practicing Kisiki Hai!

• The leaves falling from the trees act as manure on the farm.
• The shadow of the trees decreases the heat on your farm.
• The trees attract moisture and rain.

Farm Radio

Learn how to regreen via the radio!

Together with Farm Radio International, LEAD Foundation, and Dodoma FM, we have developed a special farm radio show, which has been broadcasted all over the Dodoma region. Within the show, you learn more about climate change, the positive effects of Kisiki Hai, and how to do it yourself. The show is filled with interviews with experts, panel discussions, drama, comedy, and listeners’ questions, all related to Kisiki Hai.

Listen to the 16 radio episodes below!

Farm Radio Episodes

Episode 1: Introduction of the Kisiki Hai Radio Show
Episode 2: Climate change
Episode 3: Meaning and history of Kisiki Hai
Episode 4: Benefits of Kisiki Hai
Episode 5: Success stories of Kisiki Hai
Episode 6: Selection of the trees
Episode 7: pruning the trees
Episode 8: Putting signs and caring
Episode 9: Worries in adopting Kisiki Hai
Episode 10: Challenges associated with adopting Kisiki Hai
Episode 11: Selection
Episode 12: Pruning
Episode 13: Putting signs and Caring
Episode 14: Success stories of Kisiki Hai
Episode 15: Rain Water Harvesting
Episode 16: Being part of a big movement!
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