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5 Million Trees | TIST

The Story

The International Small Group and Tree Planting Program (TIST) empowers farmers in countries like Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, and India to reverse the devastating effects of deforestation, drought, and famine. Since 1999, TIST has been identifying local sustainable development goals that include tree planting. The loss of trees and the continuing use of some agricultural practices hurt the land and threaten the lives of subsistence farmers. The world’s poorest farmers depend on having healthy land for their very survival. They often clear trees off land for new farms. Removing trees exposes the ground to drying winds. Erosion from intense rains removes the rich top soil. Eventually the soil “dies” and farmers move to other land, clear trees, and begin the cycle again. Planting trees makes a difference, recovers environments and changes lives of those who rely on agriculture to thrive.