TIST is made up of people just like you. Most of us are subsistence farmers living in drylands areas suffering from deforestation, land degradation, drought, and famine. We form Small Groups that take action to stop this suffering and improve our local environment. We focus on environmental and sustainable development by planting trees and participating in the carbon business. TIST stands for “The International Small Group and Tree Planting Program,” and it is active in East Africa and India.
Below are brief statements summarising what TIST is:
What Do We Do?
Whilst some of what TIST does, such as selling carbon credits, can seem complicated at first, doing what we do is actually simple.
We Educate Each Other
We develop and share information about improved agriculture, forestry, health (including HIV/AIDS), and sustainable development activities and organize ourselves so that this information is made available to all of the Small Groups. We have newsletters, monthly local Cluster meetings, and regional Seminars where we share the Best Practices we have developed.
We Grow Trees
As we improve our farms and our trees grow, they absorb carbon dioxide from the air by storing it in the wood, roots, and soil. CAAC takes all the actions necessary to make these carbon reductions into carbon credits to sell on the world market. We receive 70% of the profits from the sale of these carbon credits.
We Create Leaders
We also grow leaders. By using “rotating leadership” all TIST members gain experience in leading their Small Group, or their Cluster, or their national Leadership Council. Some of us are trained to be “quantifiers” who very carefully count and monitor the growth of each tree so that CAAC’s calculations of the carbon credits are honest and accurate. We also post the results of our work on the www.tist.org website so that anywhere in the world people can see our activities transparently.