inTime supports replanting program in six villages
Since May 2021, a lot has happened in the first three villages that inTime supports as local projects through donations. The so-called Champion Farmers, who learn in a special training how to bring back vegetation with nature-based regreening methods, have successfully completed the training. They have taken the knowledge they have learned during the training with them to initiate sustainable regreening efforts in their community. The Justdiggit Movie Roadshow was organized in these villages, and they also now have the SMS service, which helps farmers with acute questions and provides valuable information about regreening, such as weather forecasts. In the other three villages, which have been part of the initiative since the end of 2022, the program is currently picking up speed. The Tanzanian partner LEAD Foundation will soon select the champion farmers and prepare them for their tasks so that the replanting process can start soon. In addition, the search for other villages in which to launch the campaign is progressing steadily.
The numbers speak for themselves: in the past 20 months, 33,660 trees have recovered, and more than 860 households and institutions are participating in the campaign in the villages described, benefiting a total of more than 4,630 people. More than 1,390 hectares of land are now under sustainable management, resulting in a total of 6,380 tons of CO2 sequestered.
"Kisiki Hai brings so many positive changes!"
Various renaturation measures are designed to help the earth cool down. These include digging seepage basins called "bunds," building grass seed banks and reviving forgotten tree stumps. "Kisiki Hai," which means "living tree stump" in Swahili, is the name of the method used to revive plants and trees, because: regrowing sprouts is much more effective than planting new trees. A farmer from Kinyika Village, Singida, reports the many positive aspects the method brings. "Before, we had no shade on our farm. Thanks to what we have learned about kisiki hai, we now know the antidote. Not only do the trees look beautiful on our farms, they also act as wind breakers, protecting our crops."
The progress of the project is really something to be proud of. They give courage and hope and show what is possible when people work together and take the right measures. inTime is a proud partner of the initiative and is already looking forward to the next report.
You can read the full Progress Report here.