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.
Want to know more about this project? Read more here ->
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.”
Read more about this new project!
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!
Curious? Digg in! –>
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 ->