You cannot protect the environment unless you empower people.
- Wangari Maathai
Land-based ecosystems are fundamental pillars of our wellbeing. However, their resilience is increasingly threatened by the growing demand for food, housing, energy and other ecosystem services. 

Building on the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the context of Food Security as an overarching framework, we work to promote the rights of all land users as an important precondition for sustainable and inclusive development.  
Our work involves analysing structural barriers that hinder land users from enjoying their legitimate rights. Together with our partners, we explore context-specific solutions and innovations to overcome these barriers. This includes supporting governments in providing the necessary services to their citizens, and supporting right holders in claiming their legitimate rights. Building on the insights gained, we support the development of monitoring tools to increase transparency and accountability within the land sector, and to track the implementation of national and international commitments.

Topics

Alliances for Land

Alliances for Land

Bringing together diverse actors to strengthen policies and actions on responsible land governance

This body of work builds on TMG's flagship Global Soil Week programme, which aims to provide a platform and a process for raising the profile of soils in development policies and programmes. A key objective of the conference series is to mobilise partnerships to translate global policy frameworks and targets into feasible actions at the local level.

Land, Gender and Human Rights

Land, Gender and Human Rights

Exploring innovative tools to link human rights to land governance monitoring

It is broadly acknowledged that the lack of land tenure security is a key barrier, not only to improved food security and sustainable land management practices at the farm level, but also for the restoration of broader ecosystems. While most countries have legal frameworks in place to recognise claims to land, both at individual and community level, enforcement remains weak. Despite their significant contribution to food security, and farm-based livelihoods, women are particularly disadvantaged due to the dominance of patriarchy and other unequal socio-cultural values in determining the ownership of land and other productive resources.
Building on relevant global frameworks, including the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security, and the Sustainable Development Goals, this transdisciplinary research stream explores innovative strategies for structural barriers to achieving equal land rights within soil restoration, and other land governance programmes. 

Sustainable Land Management

Sustainable Land Management

Exploring social innovations at community level to foster sustainable land management practices

This thematic strand focuses on understanding the underlying socio-political dynamics and other structural challenges that smallholder farmers face in investing in sustainable land management practices. Based on locally-embedded research with our partners in several African countries, we develop, and pilot, "social innovations" to overcome the structural obstacles encountered. By sharing the insights gained with our broader networks of development partners, as well as at various multilateral processes, we also seek to contribute to a systemic understanding of the enabling conditions for scaling up sustainable land management, at both the local and ecosystem levels.

News

Strengthening responsible land governance by linking land rights to human rights
Publication

Strengthening responsible land governance by linking land rights to human rights

New concept note outlines the rationale behind land rights project in Malawi
Catalysing the diffusion of sustainable land management: workshop report
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
TMG and Robert Bosch Stiftung host second event in the Land-Food-Climate series
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
Hunger, Land and Gender: Webinar report
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
Strengthening Accountability for Responsible Land Governance: Linking Governance of Tenure to Human Rights
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
How should we apply the Voluntary Guidelines on Tenure? Takeaways from a training session ahead of the 10th anniversary of the VGGT
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.

Events

Publications

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

Article

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

Anna Katharina Kramer, Frederike Klümper, Alexander Müller, Francesca Thornberry

Making a case for adopting human rights-based monitoring approaches to strengthen the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure

The Tem Sesiabun Gorado model - A farmer-led knowledge diffusion approach to promote sustainable agriculture in northern Benin

Technical Guide

The Tem Sesiabun Gorado model - A farmer-led knowledge diffusion approach to promote sustainable agriculture in northern Benin

Check Abdel Kader Baba, Dr. Ismail Moumouni Moussa

This guide is designed to facilitate understanding, and implementation of the Tem Sesiabun Gorado (TSG) model, a farmer-led knowledge diffusion approach.

Securing land access for women - an innovative process based on social legitimacy

Technical Guide

Securing land access for women - an innovative process based on social legitimacy

Harouna Bary, Fatoumata Tall, Saydou Koudougou, Larissa Stiem-Bhatia, Dr Saïdou Sanou

The purpose of this guide is to provide target actors with a tool for the conduct of an alternative process for securing access to land for women.

L’accès sécurisé des femmes à la terre - guide technique un processus novateur ancré dans la légitimation sociale

Technical Guide

L’accès sécurisé des femmes à la terre - guide technique un processus novateur ancré dans la légitimation sociale

Harouna Bary, Fatoumata Tall, Saydou Koudougou, Larissa Stiem-Bhatia, Dr Saïdou Sanou

L’objectif du guide est de mettre à la disposition des acteurs cibles un outil leur permettant de conduire un processus alternatif de sécurisation de l’accès des femmes à la terre.

Strengthening civic spaces in spatial planning processes - A technical guide on regulated spatial planning and tenure to balance societal priorities in the use of land, fisheries and forests

Technical Guide

Strengthening civic spaces in spatial planning processes - A technical guide on regulated spatial planning and tenure to balance societal priorities in the use of land, fisheries and forests

Jes Weigelt, Anna Katharina Kramer, Samie Blasingame, Sonja Scheele

Decisions over tenure – who gets access to land, fisheries and forests, for how long, and under what conditions – have important implications for people’s livelihoods.

From The Bottom Up: Creating an enabling environment for sustainable land management

Technical Guide

From The Bottom Up: Creating an enabling environment for sustainable land management

Anna Kramer, Jes Weigelt, Alexander Müller, Samie Blasingame

This guide presents investment strategies designed to create an enabling environment for sustainable land management (SLM) and ecosystem restoration.

Approche de diffusion des connaissances et competences sur la gestion durable des terres et l’adapatation aux changements climatiques (GDT/ACC) au Benin - Guide de facilitation des rencontres de concertation villageoise

Technical Guide

Approche de diffusion des connaissances et competences sur la gestion durable des terres et l’adapatation aux changements climatiques (GDT/ACC) au Benin - Guide de facilitation des rencontres de concertation villageoise

Check Abdel Kader Baba

C’est un outil de facilitation conçu pour les techniciens et agents de vulgarisation agricole. Il s’inspire de l’expérimentation pilote du modèle TSG réalisée dans les villages de Kabanou et Sinawongourou.

Approche de diffusion des connaissances et competences sur la gestion durable des terres et l’adapatation aux changements climatiques (GDT/ACC) au Benin - Guide de facilitation des rencontres de selection des agriculteurs-relais

Technical Guide

Approche de diffusion des connaissances et competences sur la gestion durable des terres et l’adapatation aux changements climatiques (GDT/ACC) au Benin - Guide de facilitation des rencontres de selection des agriculteurs-relais

Check Abdel Kader Baba

C’est un outil de facilitation conçu pour les techniciens et agents de vulgarisation agricole. Il s’inspire de l’expérimentation pilote du modèle TSG réalisée dans les villages de Kabanou et Sinawongourou.

Global Soil Week 2019 - Creating an Enabling Environment for Sustainable and Climate Resilient Agriculture in Africa (Outcome Report)

Report

Global Soil Week 2019 - Creating an Enabling Environment for Sustainable and Climate Resilient Agriculture in Africa (Outcome Report)

TMG Research gGmbH

The Global Soil Week (GSW) 2019 took place from the 26th – 30th of May 2019 at the ICRAF Campus in Nairobi. It would not have been possible without the support of a wide range of partners.

Global Soil Week 2019 - Créer un environnement propice à une agriculture durable et résiliente au changement climatique en Afrique (Rapport sur les résultats)

Report

Global Soil Week 2019 - Créer un environnement propice à une agriculture durable et résiliente au changement climatique en Afrique (Rapport sur les résultats)

TMG Research gGmbH

La Global Soil Week (GSW) 2019 a eu lieu du 26 au 30 mai 2019 sur le campus ICRAF à Nairobi. Cet événement n’aura pas été possible sans le soutien d’une multitude de partenaires.

Comment mettre la gestion durable des terres au service des exploitantes agricoles

Working Paper

Comment mettre la gestion durable des terres au service des exploitantes agricoles

Larissa Stiem-Bhatia, Bruno St-Jacques, Saydou Koudougou, and Yvette Onibon Doubogan

Recommandations à l’intention des décideurs politiques et des concepteurs de programmes, basées sur des données probantes issues d’études de cas au Bénin et au Burkina Faso.

Reaching farmers beyond project beneficiaries - The Tem Sesiabun Gorado model for improving farmer-to-farmer extension approaches

Working Paper

Reaching farmers beyond project beneficiaries - The Tem Sesiabun Gorado model for improving farmer-to-farmer extension approaches

Check Abdel Kader Baba, Nicolas Patt

In sub-Saharan Africa, an estimated 750 million hectares of land are affected by soil degradation, constituting an area 20 times the size of Germany. This affects about 180 million people, or roughly the combined populations of France, Germany, and Poland.

Opportunities for Voluntary Land Consolidation in Ethiopia: Farmers' Perspectives

Working Paper

Opportunities for Voluntary Land Consolidation in Ethiopia: Farmers' Perspectives

Girum Getachew Alemu, Ezana Amdework Atsbeha, Larissa Stiem-Bhatia, Jes Weigelt

The TMG research project focusses on socio-economic, cultural and political-institutional factors that constrain farmers’ uptake of Sustainable Land Management (SLM) practices.

Making Sustainable Land Management Work for Women Smallholders

Working Paper

Making Sustainable Land Management Work for Women Smallholders

Larissa Stiem-Bhatia, Bruno St-Jacques, Saydou Koudougou, and Yvette Onibon Doubogan

Recommendations for policy makers, and programme implementers, based on evidence from case studies in Benin and Burkina Faso.

A Facilitator's Guide - Community-led Land Lease Guidelines

Technical Guide

A Facilitator's Guide - Community-led Land Lease Guidelines

Serah Kiragu-Wissler, Violet Shivutse

Access to and control over farming land is important for agricultural productivity and household food security. However, many Kenyan households, particularly those headed by women and youth, face challenges in accessing land for farming.

Gbee wukobun yäru sosibu yasansi yè ba ra ka tem dendi mùku ka saara tamba (GDT) kpa bu ka gura søirabun søm kobu gia

Technical Guide

Gbee wukobun yäru sosibu yasansi yè ba ra ka tem dendi mùku ka saara tamba (GDT) kpa bu ka gura søirabun søm kobu gia

TMG Research gGmbH, ProSol-GIZ Benin

Porosøl ya sáawa sømaan kpunaa yè ya ra tem nænubun gari ko ka må díanu, nu ko n ka wáa baadomma. Gbee wukubu, yaa sabubu ka sørøkørun sina yasakpøra ta sømaa ye mø. Sàa Benæ ka Yaama tem nøøsinaan diya sømaa ye ya yara nwa bù ka góøru tabu ko.

Formation des producteurs sur les mesures de gestion durable des terres (GDT) et d’adaptation au changement climatique (ACC)

Technical Guide

Formation des producteurs sur les mesures de gestion durable des terres (GDT) et d’adaptation au changement climatique (ACC)

TMG Research gGmbH, ProSol-GIZ Benin

Le Projet « Protection et Réhabilitation des Sols pour améliorer la sécurité alimentaire (ProSOL) » est le fruit de l’initiative spéciale « UN SEUL MONDE sans faim » (SEWoH) du gouvernement allemand.

Ekkitingo demooɓe laabi hawjaago leydi no ni ɓooyirta e jaɓɓaago hasarooji bayle wakkatiiji

Technical Guide

Ekkitingo demooɓe laabi hawjaago leydi no ni ɓooyirta e jaɓɓaago hasarooji bayle wakkatiiji

TMG Research gGmbH, ProSol-GIZ Benin

Porose « faddaago e wittinango leydi ko haanani ni gam haɓidingo rafo », laatiiŋen jokkulal ministe demgal, mardi, e cuuɓaago liƴƴi, ƴiwi diga baddal Bene e Alemaanyi gam tawee to rafo wono der duuniiyaaru.

Vidokezo vya Mwongozo wa Jumuiya vya Kukodisha Ardhi - Wadi ya Isukha ya Kati – Gatuzi-Ndogo la Shinyalu, Kaunti ya Kakamega

Technical Guide

Vidokezo vya Mwongozo wa Jumuiya vya Kukodisha Ardhi - Wadi ya Isukha ya Kati – Gatuzi-Ndogo la Shinyalu, Kaunti ya Kakamega

Doreen Magotsi, William Onura Akwanyi, Violet Shivutse, Serah Kiragu-Wissler

Kitabu hiki kinaeleza jinsi jumuiya ya wadi ya Kati ya Isukha ilianzisha mradi wa ukuzaji wa Mwongozo wa Kukodisha Ardhi mnamo 2017.

Community-led Land Lease Guidelines - Isukha West Ward, Shinyalu Sub-County, Kakamega County

Technical Guide

Community-led Land Lease Guidelines - Isukha West Ward, Shinyalu Sub-County, Kakamega County

Doreen Magotsi, Linet Khalumba, William Onura Akwanyi, Violet Shivutse, Serah Kiragu-Wissler

This booklet presents community-led land lease guidelines for Isukha West Ward. The booklet outlines how the Isukha West community conducted the process and the land lease guidelines.

Community-led Land Lease Guidelines - Isukha Central Ward, Shinyalu Sub-County, Kakamega County

Technical Guide

Community-led Land Lease Guidelines - Isukha Central Ward, Shinyalu Sub-County, Kakamega County

Doreen Magotsi, William Onura Akwanyi, Violet Shivutse, Serah Kiragu-Wissler

This booklet narrates how the community of Isukha Central Ward piloted development of Land Lease Guidelines in 2017.

Vidokezo vya Mwongozo wa Jumuiya vya Kukodisha Ardhi - Wadi ya Isukha ya Magharibi – Gatuzi-Ndogo la Shinyalu, Kaunti ya Kakamega

Technical Guide

Vidokezo vya Mwongozo wa Jumuiya vya Kukodisha Ardhi - Wadi ya Isukha ya Magharibi – Gatuzi-Ndogo la Shinyalu, Kaunti ya Kakamega

Doreen Magotsi, Linet Khalumba, William Onura Akwanyi, Violet Shivutse, Serah Kiragu-Wissler

Kijitabu hiki kinaeleza miongozo ya kukodisha ardhi katika wadi ya Isukha ya Magharibi. Aidha kinaeleza jinsi jamii ya Isukha ya Magharibi ilivyoandaa utaratibu na miongozo ya kukodisha ardhi.

Wege zu einem Gesellschaftsvertrag für eine zukunftsfähige LandWirtschaft

Working Paper

Wege zu einem Gesellschaftsvertrag für eine zukunftsfähige LandWirtschaft

Jes Weigelt, Melf-Hinrich Ehlers, Alexander Müller

Es ist unbestritten: Die Landwirtschaft steht vor gewaltigen Herausforderungen - weltweit und auch in Deutschland. Die wachsende globale Bevölkerung erhöht die Nachfrage nach Lebensmitteln, Konsumgewohnheiten ändern sich.

One Investment, many Benefits: Soil Rehabilitation for Poverty Reduction, Food Security, Climate Change Adaptation, and Biodiversity Protection

Report

One Investment, many Benefits: Soil Rehabilitation for Poverty Reduction, Food Security, Climate Change Adaptation, and Biodiversity Protection

Carolin Sperk, Jes Weigelt, Alexander Müller, Jonathan Davis, Ravi Prabhu

Soil rehabilitation offers great potential to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the goals of the Paris Agreement while contributing to “leaving no one behind”:

Global Soil Week 2017 - Catalysing SDG Implementation Through a Soil and Land Review (Final Report)

Report

Global Soil Week 2017 - Catalysing SDG Implementation Through a Soil and Land Review (Final Report)

TMG Research gGmbH

The Global Soil Week, held in Berlin on 22–24 May 2017, was cohosted by twenty-three partners, including four governments and a wide range of intergovernmental and academic organisations and civil society networks.

Global Soil Week 2017 - L’examen des sols et des terres, élément catalyseur de la réalisation des ODD (Synthèse du rapport final)

Report

Global Soil Week 2017 - L’examen des sols et des terres, élément catalyseur de la réalisation des ODD (Synthèse du rapport final)

TMG Research gGmbH

Ayant eu lieu à Berlin du 22 au 24 mai 2017, la Global Soil Week a été co-organisée par 23 partenaires, dont quatre gouvernements, une kyrielle d’organismes intergouvernementaux et académiques et des réseaux de la société civile.

Agrardienstleistungen für Ernährungssicherung und nachhaltiges Bodenmanagement: Handlungsempfehlungen zur gezielten Unterstützung kleinbäuerlicher Betriebe in Subsahara-Afrika und Indien

Report

Agrardienstleistungen für Ernährungssicherung und nachhaltiges Bodenmanagement: Handlungsempfehlungen zur gezielten Unterstützung kleinbäuerlicher Betriebe in Subsahara-Afrika und Indien

Theo Rauch, David Kersting

Land- und Bodendegradation ist ein globales Problem und ihre Bekämpfung zentral für nachhaltige Entwicklung. Weltweit gelten etwa 52 % der für Landwirtschaft genutzten Flächen als mittel bis schwer degradiert.

Making service systems work for food security and sustainable land management

Report

Making service systems work for food security and sustainable land management

Theo Rauch, David Kersting

Land and soil degradation is a global problem and combating it is the key to sustainable development. Around the world roughly 52 percent of arable land is deemed to be moderately to severely degraded.

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