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!
Read more about these fences and their additional benefits ->
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 >
Nature as solution!
Research shows that 37% of the solution to climate change can be achieved with help of natural climate solutions. Incredible right?! This is exactly why we are implementing regreening projects. But what does it actually mean? We are happy to give you an update! With this knowledge you can impress your family, friends, acquaintances and colleagues.
Read all about it here ->
Earth smiles :)
Two Maasai communities have dug 6,400 bunds in Kenya 1.5 months ago and it’s already paying off: the area is regreening and this will spread, because the roots soften the earth, which can capture and hold the rain.
That’s why we also like to call them ‘earth smiles’! Not smiling yet? By adding them to the total number of earth smiles dug within our regreening project areas, we went over the number of…. 80,000!
The women behind the grass seed bank
The grass is always greener… when collaborating with a women’s group! The Maasai women are working hard maintaining and continuously improving the grass seed banks. This needs to be shared on this International Women’s Day!
Curious about the developments within the grass seed banks? Keep reading! ->
Green bunds in Tanzania!
Last October and November Tanzanian farmers dug and sowed more than 5,000 bunds. They prevent soil erosion and improve water availability for plants. And by buying the grass seeds from local farmers, the local economy is stimulated. By combining these two you get: fertile soil.
Check here the process of digging the bund in the dry season to regreening during the rainy season ->
A parade organized by farmers
In Tanzania a number of our trained champion farmers organized a parade from the village Nghumbi to Mlali. Why? They marched to communicate about the importance of taking care of the environment.
Lots of villagers supported the marching, most of them stood curiously at the side of the road to see what the marching was all about. It makes us proud, because they organized it on their own initative. These farmers are transforming into activists!
Impact on biodiversity!
Yes! This Wildebeest, large African antelope, has been spotted in one of our project areas in Kenya. The rangers that protect the bund area observe more and more wildlife since the vegetation began to recover.
Monitoring the bunds with satellites and sensors
(Nearly) graduate student Martijn Mulder did his graduation project in Kuku, Kenya, on behalf of satellite company Vandersat. He researched the impact of our projects by using satellites and sensors.
And guess what…! He saw great effects from the soil moisture sensors and the NDVI satellite images. Like: soil moisture contents inside the bunds at 40cm depth were twice as high compared to outside the bunds, even three months after the rain season! A great result, and currently, the sensors are still in the field to continue measurements.
Read more about this research in Martijn’s blog ->