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17 May 2022 | News

No Climate Transition Without Securing Land Rights

Land tenure is a critical enabler for the transition to more sustainable pathways

06 May 2022 | Publication

Responsible Land Governance in Land Degradation Neutrality Programmes: Insights from Benin and Kenya

Translating UNCCD Decision 26/COP14 on land tenure into national processes and monitoring the impact of LDN initiatives on land governance

29 April 2022 | Publication

How can smallholder farmers benefit from soil carbon initiatives? Lessons from REDD+

New SEWOH Lab study on carbon sequestration initiatives exploring what we can learn from REDD+ implementation

14 April 2022 | Blog Post

Urban displacements: Facing up to rising food insecurity in Nairobi

Analysing media reporting of evictions in the Mukuru informal settlement of Nairobi

by Atula Owade and Samuel Wairimu

07 April 2022 | Blog Post

Shaping tomorrow’s food systems

The role of farmer organisations in global food system transformation

by Jörg Schindler

07 April 2022 | Blog Post

A looming global food crisis: What should the global response be?

Unpacking the Four “Cs” of 2022 - Climate, Conflict, Covid and (high food) Costs

by Alexander Müller and Adam Prakash

01 April 2022 | News

Making the hidden costs of our food systems visible

An article promoting the consideration of True Cost Accounting as a path to transform food systems

by Alexander Müller, Sarah Zitterbarth & Olivia Riemer

21 March 2022 | Blog Post

Food systems transformation: towards a common understanding

TMG Research convenes expert group to kick off new research project on food systems transformation

by Sarah Zitterbarth

17 March 2022 | Publication

Urban Food Futures: a critical analysis of findings from the scoping phase

The Urban Food Futures team is wrapping up its scoping work and is sharing insights gained from selected case study areas

by Louisa Nelle

11 March 2022 | Publication

True Cost Initiative launches standardised guidelines for the agrifood sector

Practical guidelines for the food and farming sector on impact measurement, valuation and reporting

by Louisa Nelle

07 March 2022 | Blog Post

Empowered women: Re-imagining food and community in Cape Town

Project partners meet some women using community kitchens to drive social transformation in Cape Town's informal settlements.

by Victoria Redmond and Nicole Paganini

07 March 2022 | Blog Post

First Governor’s Day with Farmers takes place in Kakamega County

A template for inclusive policymaking for sustainable agricultural development

by Atula Owade

01 March 2022 | Blog Post

Desert locust and climate change: a call for improved global governance

A response to the latest IPCC climate report

by Dr Elena Lazutkaite

24 February 2022 | Blog Post

Building better resilience to desert locust and other transboundary threats amid the climate crisis

A plaidoyer for a paradigm shift on handling crises

by Dr Adam Prakash and Dr Elena Lazutkaite

21 February 2022 | News

Introducing: the Governor's Day with Farmers

A platform for farmers to directly interact with policymakers to share their concerns, needs and interests

by Atula Owade

16 February 2022 | Publication

Lier les droits fonciers des petits exploitants aux objectifs de neutralité en matière de dégradation des terres

Des études menées au Bénin et au Kenya soulignent l'importance de garantir les droits fonciers communaux dans les projets de restauration des terres.

15 February 2022 | Publication

Scoping paper on the ongoing desert locust crisis

A call to instill and coordinate innovative early warning and outbreak prevention systems both at the global and regional level to increase resilience in times of the climate crisis

10 February 2022 | News

TMG and partners kickoff activities on ecosystem restoration in India

Analysing the linkages between digitalisation, ecosystem restoration and food security

by Bruno St-Jacques

09 February 2022 | Blog Post

Re-Imagining Food In Cities: Working On A Theory Of Change For Urban Food Futures In Cape Town 

In January 2022 the Urban Food Futures programme partners in Cape Town met to jointly formulate and discuss the programme's Theory of Change.

by Jemima Spring

08 February 2022 | Blog Post

Transforming urban food systems starting from consumption: a reflection on the 2022 International Symposium on Nutrition

This year’s International Nutrition Symposium was all about the urban nutrition transition and the question: “How do we change consumer behaviour towards more sustainability?”

by Irene Fabricci and Louisa Nelle

08 February 2022 | Blog Post

School feeding: Challenges, Trends and Opportunities

School feeding programmes are the most extensive social safety net worldwide and increasingly seen as a lever to not only achieve children’s human rights to food, education and health but also transform food systems more holistically.

by Samuel Wairimu

03 February 2022 | Publication

True Cost Accounting and Dietary Patterns: A Strategy for Transformative Food Systems

TMG proposes an approach that begins with dietary patterns supporting policies aimed at changing both the demand and supply sides of food consumption patterns.

03 February 2022 | Blog Post

A lot on our plate: Dietary patterns as a starting point for the sustainable transformation of food systems

Using the innovative methodology of True Cost Accounting (TCA) — and building on an analysis of current as well as desired future dietary patterns — to guide policy development and actions.

by Harry Stopes and Wangu Mwangi

03 February 2022 | Blog Post

It starts with people: The human rights imperative for achieving large-scale restoration targets

Contextualising a GFFA Expert Panel hosted by TMG Research

by Wangu Mwangi and Jes Weigelt

03 February 2022 | News

Finding the ‘True Value’ of Food Can Drive Innovation Across Sectors

How to drive change in sectors as disparate as climate, public health, and poverty reduction.

by Alexander Müller and Ruth Richardson

20 December 2021 | Blog Post

True Cost Accounting at COP 26: A new tool to support sustainable food systems transformation

Showing the “hidden costs” of production and revealing the benefits of sustainable food systems

by Polina Korneeva

17 December 2021 | Blog Post

What is our food worth to us?

Nutrition for Growth (N4G) Side Event explores integrated valuation tools for food systems transformation

by Louisa Nelle

17 December 2021 | Publication

Linking land rights for smallholders to Land Degradation Neutrality targets

Studies in Benin and Kenya highlight the importance of securing communal tenure rights in land restoration projects

14 December 2021 | Blog Post

Beyond Food Aid: A “Kitchen Retreat” reimagines community in the Cape Flats

A space to exhale, listen and learn

by Nicole Paganini and Wangu Mwangi

09 December 2021 | Blog Post

Towards more inclusive and resilient food systems for Nairobi's informal settlements

Partner workshop charts transformative pathways for Nairobi's informal urban settlements

by Louisa Nelle and Wangu Mwangi

07 December 2021 | Media Coverage

Ecosystem-based adaptation can help India address its hunger problem

TMG's work with partners in India cited as a source of hope following its recent fall on the Global Hunger Index

02 December 2021 | News

Urban Agriculture in Three African Cities

Factsheets published on farming in Cape Town, Nairobi and Ouagadougou

by Harry Stopes

02 December 2021 | Blog Post

Who benefits? SEWOH Lab study explores farmers’ engagement in carbon sequestration schemes

Findings from research on carbon sequestration in agricultural soils

by Bruno St-Jacques

30 November 2021 | News

What next for the Marine Regions Forum? Workshop report

Planning begins for the Marine Regions Forum conference, 2022 / 2023

by Harry Stopes

26 November 2021 | Publication

Strengthening responsible land governance by linking land rights to human rights

New concept note outlines the rationale behind land rights project in Malawi

by Elena Müller, Harry Stopes

25 November 2021 | Media Coverage

"Land tenure rights are critical for soil protection"

Forests News reports on a COP26 side event on scaling and financing ecosystem-based adaptation

by Harry Stopes

24 November 2021 | News

Catalysing the diffusion of sustainable land management: workshop report

TMG and partners host workshop on the 'TSG' model for community-difussion of sustainable land management techniques

by Harry Stopes

23 November 2021 | Media Coverage

Women and girls bear the brunt of undernutrition

Coverage of the Critical Food Studies conference

by Harry Stopes

17 November 2021 | News

Recap: TMG and partners at COP26

TMG fostered discussions on nature-based solutions and responses to ongoing crises

16 November 2021 | News

Conserve and restore peatlands to slash global emissions

UNEP report proposes new investment to prioritise protection of peatlands

10 November 2021 | News

Counting the Hidden Costs of Food Adds Up to Real Progress

TMG director co-publishes opinion piece in Newsweek

by Alexander Müller and Ruth Richardson

09 November 2021 | Blog Post

Alliances for change: Developing a collaborative roadmap for Ecosystem-based Adaptation

IKI-funded Climate-SDG Integration Project develops a roadmap for scaling up ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change

by Larissa Stiem-Bhatia, Harry Stopes

05 November 2021 | Blog Post

Strengthening international solidarity for climate resilience

Advancing rights-based approaches for food systems transformation and climate resilience

by Wangu Mwangi

03 November 2021 | Blog Post

Transformation: does the term still have value?

TMG think piece series

by Alexander Müller and Jes Weigelt

29 October 2021 | Publication

Research for Change: Towards a transformative research strategy for climate-resilient agriculture in Germany

A new paper proposes elements of a national research strategy for the transformation of the German agricultural sector towards climate resilience

28 October 2021 | News

TMG and partners at COP 26

TMG will co-organise several conference events and discussions during COP 26

20 October 2021 | News

TMG and Robert Bosch Stiftung host second event in the Land-Food-Climate series

The Earth Negotiations Bulletin has published a report on the TMG and Robert Bosch Stiftung-hosted discussion on tackling the climate implementation gap

14 October 2021 | News

Hunger, Land and Gender: Webinar report

Around forty participants joined experts on land and human rights from Malawi, India and Germany for an informative discussion

14 October 2021 | Publication

True Value: Revealing the Positive Impacts of Food Systems Transformation

A new report by TMG staff identifies six case studies around the world which highlight the positive impacts of True Cost Accounting on food systems

08 October 2021 | Publication

Strengthening Accountability for Responsible Land Governance: Linking Governance of Tenure to Human Rights

New article makes a case for adopting human rights-based approaches to monitoring in order to strengthen responsible land governance

05 October 2021 | Blog Post

Why context matters in ecosystem resilience: Five insights from India and Guatemala

TMG and partners publish the results of an analysis of community resilience initiatives at several study sites in India and Guatemala

by Harry Stopes, Wangu Mwangi

29 September 2021 | Blog Post

How should we apply the Voluntary Guidelines on Tenure? Takeaways from a training session ahead of the 10th anniversary of the VGGT

TMG Research hosted a VGGT Training in August 2021, focusing on the practical implementation of the Guidelines within its partner countries. This article summarizes the key takeaways.

by Elena Müller, Frederike Klümper

29 September 2021 | Publication

Ecosystems for resilience: Enabling community-led adaptation - Five key insights from Guatemala and India

TMG publish a policy paper highlighting some of the enabling conditions under which ecosystem-based adaptation can be effectively implemented

by Larissa Stiem-Bhatia, Marai El Fassi, Devaraj de Condappa, Jes Weigelt, Lucía Benavides, Wangu Mwangi, Edgar Selvin Pérez Pérez, Amelia Coj Sajvin, Rita De León, Marcella D’Souza, Arjuna Srinidhi, María Amalia Porta, Ana Victoria Rodríguez

29 September 2021 | News

Creating an enabling environment for green recovery: Global Soil Week 2021

Global Soil Week project publishes two info briefs on pilot projects in Benin and Kenya

21 September 2021 | News

Hungry for Change: The Politics of Food in South Africa

TMG partners Heinrich Böll Foundation, Cape Town launch a new platform for conversations about food systems in South Africa

16 September 2021 | News

IISD releases summary report on Land-Food-Climate discussion

The Earth Negotiations Bulletin has published a report on the TMG and Robert Bosch Stiftung-hosted discussion on Climate Resilience through the Right to Food

15 September 2021 | Publication

Power Poverty Hunger - Food System Facts 2021

TMG and the Heinrich Boell Foundation release a booklet offering pathways to create sustainable, just and healthy food systems.

09 September 2021 | Blog Post

Easing access to land for Africa’s youth: Are community land lease arrangements the answer?

Addressing structural constraints that discourage young people from joining the agricultural sector

by Washe Kazungu

01 September 2021 | News

Farm to Fork: an episode in a South African food series

A documentary film from TMG collaborators visiting community-led small-scale farming groups in Gugulethu and Ocean View, Cape Town

25 August 2021 | News

The future of global soil governance

TMG Director Alexander Müller joins workshop discussion at Euro Soil 2021

24 August 2021 | News

Website Launch: True Cost – From Costs to Benefits in Food and Farming

TMG and partners launch a new website promoting the True Cost Initiative

24 August 2021 | Blog Post

Escalamiento del enfoque de Adaptación basada en Ecosistemas en una política pública local

Implementación del enfoque AbE en el Plan de Desarrollo Municipal y Ordenamiento Territorial 2019-2032 del municipio de Chiantla, departamento de Huehuetenango, Guatemala

by Asociación ADIMI

20 August 2021 | News

UN Food Systems Summit: New date announced

The virtual event will take place on 23 September during the UN General Assembly in New York

09 August 2021 | Publication

Note conceptuelle du SEWOH Lab : Sécurité foncière des femmes et numérisation

L'équipe de gouvernance foncière du TMG publie un court document décrivant l'approche de l'axe de travail Genre et droits fonciers du projet SEWOH Lab.

by Oscar Schmidt

09 August 2021 | News

Land-Food-Climate: An African-European dialogue on climate resilience

TMG co-hosts series of events in lead up to the upcoming food and climate summits

01 August 2021 | News

Invitation to review "Policies for Agroecology" report

Report draws on discussions at online event on 15 July 2021

27 July 2021 | News

GLF Africa 2021: Outcome Statement

Share knowledge, shape policy and galvanise global support for Africa’s drylands

by Bruno St-Jacques

15 July 2021 | Publication

SEWOH Lab Concept Note: Women's Tenure Security and Digitalization

TMG Land Governance team publish a short paper outlining the approach of the Gender and Land Rights workstream of the SEWOH Lab project

by Oscar Schmidt

13 July 2021 | Blog Post

Building wider support for ecosystem-based adaptation: how can communications help?

Ecosystem-based adaptation increases resilience in the face of climate change, but its adoption is still limited. How better communications can increase uptake.

by Gabriela Flores

11 July 2021 | Blog Post

Developing a human rights approach to land governance: a workshop report

How mapping stakeholder relations can help to improve land conflict resolution mechanisms

by Frederike Klümper, Harry Stopes

08 July 2021 | Publication

Marine Regions Forum: An international stakeholder forum to strengthen regional ocean governance

Exploring the Marine Regions Forum's potential to facilitate progress in ocean governance and sustainability

by Dr. Barbara Neumann, Sebastian Unger, Laura Weiand, Dr. Julien Rochette, Glen Wright, Alexander Müller

06 July 2021 | Publication

Covid, the Environment and Food Systems: Contain, Cope and Rebuild Better

Analysing impacts of COVID-19 on the nexus of food systems, the environment and sustainable development

by Anil Markandya, Jacob Salcone, Salman Hussain, Alexander Mueller and Simi Thambi

01 July 2021 | News

Kenya to Host the AGRF 2021 Summit

The Summit will focus on the bold actions needed for agriculture to fuel the continent’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and continued food systems transformation

25 June 2021 | Blog Post

The many faces of sustainability

Youth in Soil writers share stories from Africa

by Harry Stopes

23 June 2021 | Publication

Transforming our broken food systems

TMG Managing Director Alexander Müller contributes to a new volume on True Cost Accounting in the food sector.

by Barbara Gemmill-Herren, Lauren E. Baker and Paula A. Daniels (Eds.)

17 June 2021 | Blog Post

“I don’t know where the firewood buyers are coming from”

How Covid-19 puts the livelihoods of forest-dependent communities at risk

by Oscar Schmidt, Serah Kiragu-Wissler, Nelson Muiru and Julius Kariara

04 June 2021 | Blog Post

People and Planet

Empowering African communities in ecosystem restoration

by Jes Weigelt and Wangu Mwangi

26 May 2021 | Blog Post

Towards a cultural reset in restoring Africa’s drylands

Insights for empowering community-led land management as the UN Decade for Ecosystem Restoration (2021–2030) kicks off

by Wangu Mwangi and Jes Weigelt

18 May 2021 | Blog Post

Covid-19 and the evolving face of urban farming in Nairobi

How Covid-19 is changing food production in East Africa's largest city

by Samuel Wairimu

11 May 2021 | News

TMG joins Global Landscapes Forum as 31st Charter Member

GLF Members are committed to building landscapes that are productive, prosperous, equitable and resilient.

04 May 2021 | Publication

Advancing Ocean Governance in Marine Regions Through Stakeholder Dialogue Processes

TMG staff co-author an article on how collaborative efforts can help to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals for the world's oceans

26 April 2021 | Blog Post

The EU has what it takes to ramp up global ambition on oceans and climate

3rd International Ocean Governance Forum lays agenda for transformative Blue Economy pathways

by Wangu Mwangi and Harry Stopes

22 April 2021 | Video

Ecosystem-based Adaptation: Perspectives from Guatemala

A new short film shares various perspectives on Ecosystem-based Adaptation from Guatemala

01 April 2021 | Blog Post

From Watershed Development to Ecosystem-based Adaptation

A journey to systemic resilience

by Devaraj de Condappa and Stephen Roche

31 March 2021 | Publication

From Watershed Development to Ecosystem-based Adaptation: A journey to systemic resilience

This report synthesises the findings of case study research in two villages in Maharashtra, India, examining the effectiveness of Ecosystem-based Adaptation measures and the conditions that enabled its implementation at community level.

by Devaraj de Condappa, Larissa Stiem-Bhatia, Arjuna Srinidhi, Marcella D’Souza, Dada Dadas and Crispino Lobo

31 March 2021 | Blog Post

Cheap food is expensive

Why the World Food Systems Summit must usher in a fundamental change to our food system

by Alexander Müller

25 March 2021 | Blog Post

Achieving the right to land: An innovative tool for tracking land governance in Malawi

Exploring how a human rights approach will strengthen land rights

by Harry Stopes, Wangu Mwangi, Anna Kramer

22 March 2021 | Video

Learning lessons from ecosystem-based adaptation projects in Guatemala

TMG and Guatemalan partners share experiences for strengthening governance conditions for EbA

09 March 2021 | Blog Post

Repurposing social media

Spotlight on emerging innovations in Nairobi’s informal fresh food retail sector

by Sarah D’haen, Louisa Nelle and Irene Fabricci

08 March 2021 | Blog Post

To protect ecosystems, invest in women’s capacities!

This International Women’s Day we highlight the importance of women to the success of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030

by Harry Stopes, Jes Weigelt and Wangu Mwangi

01 March 2021 | News

2nd National Forum on Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA)

The 2nd National Forum on Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) was held virtually in November 2020

by Multiple Contributors

23 February 2021 | Video

Building Back Better and Greener With Agroecology

Video launching the Transformative Partnership Platform (TPP) presented during the UNEA-5

17 February 2021 | News

State-level Consultation on a Roadmap for nature-based and climate resilient livelihoods in Maharashtra

Pune-based NGO, Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR), in consultation with several experts, from the public, civil society and private sector, arrive at a joint statement on an ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change in Maharashtra

by WOTR

25 January 2021 | Video

2021 Climate Adaptation Summit - Agroecology for Adaptation

Watch our contribution to the 2021 Climate Adaptation Summit

16 December 2020 | News

II Foro Nacional de Adaptación basada en Ecosistemas

“Un enfoque integral para la reactivación económica ante crisis ambientales y económicas en Guatemala”

by Asociación ADIMI

04 December 2020 | Blog Post

Social innovations for healthy soils and human well-being

Supporting smallholders in safeguarding soil ecosystems

by Larissa Stiem-Bhatia

04 December 2020 | Blog Post

Knowledge that lasts: Repurposing farmer-led extension models in Benin

Testing farmer-led knowledge sharing approaches for strengthening sustainable land management and climate resilience in Benin

by Check Abdel Kader Baba and Wangu Mwangi

02 December 2020 | News

Ecosystem-based Adaptation and Green Recovery

Building back better from COVID-19

by Friends of EbA (FEBA)

16 November 2020 | News

Transforming food systems with an EbA approach for resilience

The Covid-19 pandemic has shaken food systems around the globe. Lockdowns deprived millions of labourers and migrant workers of their livelihoods, and curtailed their ability to buy food.

by IKI Secretariat

29 October 2020 | Blog Post

Alliances for Ecosystem-based Adaptation in Guatemala

A global shout out to ecosystem-based adaptation

by Marai El Fassi

29 October 2020 | News

Alliances for Ecosystem-based Climate Adaptation in Guatemala

Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) is globally recognised as an effective response to climate change

by Marai El Fassi

28 September 2020 | News

Tercer boletín Proyecto Integración Clima-ODS

Noticias del Proyecto Integración Clima-ODS

by Multiple Contributors

01 July 2020 | News

IKI projects in Central America and the Caribbean Newsletter (Spanish version)

News from the IKI projects in Central America and the Caribbean A service of the interface project ACCIÓN Clima II in Costa Rica

by Multiple Contributors

30 June 2020 | Blog Post

Building Our Food Systems Back Better

What is required to make food systems provide sufficient, healthy food while not harming the planet? How should food security be maintained given the threat posed by climate change?

by Alexander Müller and Jes Weigelt

29 June 2020 | News

Ecosystems-based adaptation keeps water running in Bhojdari even in dry months

Ecosystems-based Adaptation (EbA) provides essential ecosystem services that serve as a buffer providing water and food security in instances of reverse migration.

by Vinaya Kurtkoti

25 June 2020 | Blog Post

Covid-19 Food/Future: How are food systems reconfiguring under the current pandemic?

This article presents insights gathered during the first six weeks of the Covid-19 Food/Future initiative by a team of young and dynamic voices based in nine African countries.

by Matteo Lattanzi, Bruno St-Jacques and Sarah D’haen

25 May 2020 | Blog Post

Video Diaries in the Days of Corona: Voices from the Ground

Young farmers’ insights on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on food systems in Sub-Saharan Africa @CovidFoodFuture and video diaries from Nairobi’s informal settlements

by Alexander Müller and Sarah d'haen

03 February 2020 | News

Combining Multiple Strands: This is the SEWOH Lab

A new research project of the special initiative examines several digital solutions for agriculture and food: This is a support for the successful fusion of digital and social innovations for food security.

by Welt Ohne Hunger

21 December 2019 | Blog Post

Guatemala holds its first National Forum on Ecosystem-based Adaptation

At the National Forum on Ecosystem-based Adaptation in Guatemala, various stakeholders recognized in a written declaration the urgent need to scale-up nature-based solutions

by Marai El Fassi

14 October 2019 | Blog Post

Nurturing nature: Identifying Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) initiatives to build social and political support for EbA upscaling in Guatemala

A step-by-step approach to identifying successful ecosystem-based adaptation initiatives

by Marai El Fassi and Chelsea Jones

25 September 2019 | Blog Post

Creating an enabling environment for nature-based solutions to climate change

Global goals will not percolate by themselves, local evidence is fundamental to implementing nature-based solutions to climate change

by Bruno St-Jacques, Anna Kramer and Jes Weigelt

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