Regenerating 32,000 trees
Joining regreening forces with partners and the Maasai
Arusha, the Northern region in Tanzania with many memorable safari parks, has one of the driest areas in the country: the Monduli district. As the Maasai are a dominant community in this area, livestock keeping is one of the main economic activities. However, pasture resources are not sufficient. The present farmer community also has difficulties with the productivity of their farms.
Time for a change! Therefore we boost the program of partners LEAD and Erbacher Foundation with communication power and regreening knowledge. The program aims at improving peoples’ livelihoods while regreening and cooling down the land. The methods that will be used are Rainwater Harvesting (RWH) and Pastoralist Managed Natural Regeneration (PMNR). These methods are fast, low cost and sustainable and will allow pastoralists and farmers inhabiting the most degraded landscapes to restore their pasture lands and farm soils. This will have a positive effect on water availability, soil health, crop yields and grass and fodder for livestock.
- Water Bunds
- Kisiki Hai
- Fanya Juu and Fanya Chini
- Capacity building
- Building a Movement
- Contactless regreening
Water bunds are semi-circular holes dug to open up the hard top layer of the soil. The bunds slow down and capture rainwater running downhills, preventing erosion of fertile soil. The water balance in the soil restores, increasing the water availability for the seeds still present in the soil. These seeds now get the chance to sprout, which means: regreening! Within the Arusha project area, the Maasai community already dug 5,000 out of 10,000 water bunds!Learn more about water bunds
Pastoralist Managed Natural Regeneration (PMNR), or Kisiki Hai (‘living stump’ in Swahili), is a technique to regrow trees and support new, naturally occurring sprouts to grow big. With the program local Maasai pastoralists and farmers are trained to apply the technique on their own land, allowing the regeneration of 32,000 trees.Learn more about Kisiki Hai
Fanya Juu and Fanya Chini
Fanya Juu and Fanya Chini are rainwater harvesting techniques. Farmers dig contours within their farmland to prevent erosion and to capture the valuable rainwater within their land. Fanya Chini means ‘ throw it downwards’ in Swahili. It prevents the rain falling outside the farm from entering the farm, inhibiting erosion of fertile soil. Fanya Juu means ‘throw it upwards’, and prevents the rain falling within the farm to run off, increasing the water availability for the crops on the land. In the end it helps the farmers to regreen their farms even more!
By training 100 facilitators (so called ‘regreening’ champions), we can reach out to 1200 agro-pastoral households in the Arusha region. These champions train their fellow community members on how to regenerate trees on their land. This way thousands of people are activated to regreen their own land, bringing back millions of trees in the Arusha region resulting in an increase in drought resilience, food production and household income. The regreening champions are also trained in rainwater harvesting practices, helping them to regreen the land even further.
Building a Movement
We believe that it is not only important to train people how to regreen their land, but also find other ways to reach and inspire them. By building a real regreening movement we aim to reach and inspire millions of Maasai pastoralists and farmers. Part of this regreening movement is our movie roadshow: a video-caravan going from village to village. The roadshow is a whole day event, filled with theatre, music, dance and performances all about Kisiki Hai. When the evening falls, a large movie-theatre screen is set up, which shows the inspiring movie Kisiki Hai that is filmed entirely in Tanzania.
To spread the regreening movement even further, we’ve set up various approaches to reach and activate communities, without physically visiting them. This way we are able to inspire pastoralists and farmers in and outside of the Arusha region!
We will offer a Regreening sms-service. Pastoralists can subscribe for this service, which will send them a text message every week with tips and tricks on how to practice Kisiki Hai and Fanya Juu and Fanya Chini.