A green oasis in Enkii
Spot the differences! Within only three months time, the Enkii area in Kuku Kenya has turned into a green oasis. An estimation: 80% of the bare soil in this area is now covered with vegetation. Not only inside the bunds vegetation has grown back, the area surrounding the bunds also gets increasingly greener. How this works?
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Update on our COVID-19 guidelines
As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, we are responding in several ways. Here’s a short update on our current approach in regards to the virus & our projects
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Dipole causes extreme rainfall
Last January it rained more than twice as much as usual in our project area in Kuku, Kenya: 91 mm instead of the regular 40 mm. This excessive rainfall was caused by an unusually strong Indian Ocean Dipole (also known as the Indian Niño). Read all about how this dipole works!
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Regreening via the radio!
As of now you can hear us on the Tanzanian radio! Together with partners LEAD Foundation, Dodoma FM and Farm Radio International we recently developed a special Kisiki Hai radio program. This way we aim to inspire and activate farmers to start regreening their own land, without having to visit them physically.
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New project area: Olgulului-Ololarashi, Tanzania!
More regreening is coming up in Kenya. Because we’ve started a new project! The project area is located in the Olgulului-Ololarashi Group Ranch (try to pronounce that ;)) in the Amboseli Ecosystem, close to the Tanzanian border. The goal is to make rangelands green again, together with our local partners ACC and AET and the Maasai communities.
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Educating farmers through SMS
Thus far, our partner LEAD Foundation has collected 43,271 phone numbers of Tanzanian farmers who want to receive instructions on how to perform Kisiki Hai, so they can regreen their land!
“Karibu! Thank you for signing up for Kisiki Hai sms, together with your champion farmer we are here to support you in practicing Kisiki Hai. You will receive messages every week. Best, Mr Kisiki Hai.”
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GROUNDbreaking news: Justdiggit’s Regreening platform!
From now on you can invest in a greener and cooler climate by working together with a farmer in Kenya and seeing the result directly. With our new Regreening platform developed in collaboration with our partner DEPT Agency!
You can buy your own unique bunds. Bunds – which we also like to call earth smiles 🙂 – are moon shaped pits that collect rainwater in dry areas. With this you ensure regreening and directly support an African farmer who digs the bunds. A true win-win situation! After digging, you will receive a photo of your bund and regular updates. This way you can follow the regreening closely!
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Out of Home advertising
Some of the Tanzanian villages that practice Kisiki Hai are promoting the regreening method through Out Of Home (or ‘On My Home’?) advertising.
‘Kijanisha Dodoma Iwe Poa’ means ‘A greener Dodoma is a cooler Dodoma’.
This is a story about elephants, bees and grass seed banks. Sorry? Let’s start this story by telling you that the Maasai women groups are doing a great job in managing the grass seed banks, but have problems with elephants trying to get in the banks. Elephants like to eat the grasses and unfortunately damage the fences. Now, here it comes: By hanging beehives on the fences they will stay away, because elephants are terrified of bees!
Organization Safe the Elephants came up with this innovative solution! They developed and ensured the funding of the beehive fences for the grass seed banks!
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A large part of our champion farmers have reached a new regreening level! They have followed a 5-day intermediate training. And they were eager to learn!
Besides improving their Kisiki Hai skills to bring back trees, the farmers learned about monitoring and evaluating the growing trees, they learned the new techniques Fanya Juu and Fanya Chini and they further developed their leadership and training skills. This allows them to transfer their knowledge of regreening even better to the other farmers!
Curious about Fanya Juu and Chini? Read it here >