International Small Group and Tree Planting Program, or TIST, is
sustainable development program for developing-world locations.
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New TIST trees, Chamkoloma, 2001
trains and encourages Small Groups to develop and share "best
practices." TIST introduces inproved farming and land use
techniques to isolated subsistance farmers who are now planting
new trees. Using a combination of Small Group development and training
programs and providing small stipends to groups, TIST helps local
farmers meet their economic needs, even during severe dry seasons.
Groups covenant to meet the program requirements and assure tree
survival and use of improved, sustainable land use techniques for
years to come. The improved farming practices and tree planting
will improve local welfare by stabilizing the local food supply
and by providing families with additional income from TIST tree
benefits and payments.
Small Groups are also educated about HIV/AIDS and equipped to formulate
a response to this pandemic at the group and village level. Adopting
conservation farming tachniques increases food and decreases annual
physical effort after the first seedbeds are created. Family members
can continue to plant in these seedbeds year after year and have
TIST program is a joint effort of the Institute for Environmental
Innovation (I4EI) and Clean Air Action Corporation.