SEWOH Lab

The role of digitalisation in creating socially inclusive and transformative food systems

This action-oriented research project explores, applies, and evaluates the potential of digital innovation in three key areas: urban agriculture and nutrition; sustainable land management and soil organic carbon payments; and gender and access to natural resources. The project places a focus on developing and advancing concrete solutions for low-income urban populations as well as well as small-scale farming communities in several African countries.  
The aim of the Urban Agriculture and Nutrition thematic research strand is to explore the role of digital solutions in further strengthening food security and livelihood opportunities for marginalised groups. We explore how digitalisation can enhance the empowerment of vulnerable groups through strengthening access to information and public services, lowering transaction costs along agri-food chains, and improving the design and enforcement of relevant public policies.
Looking beyond their climate mitigation potential, our work on Soil Organic Carbon (SOC) is dedicated to identifying the conditions under which such initiatives can contribute to enhance food security and biodiversity. We investigate the challenges involved in operationalising carbon sequestration projects, exploring social and technical innovations that can enhance the benefits of such schemes for smallholder farmers, as well as reducing transaction costs.
The Gender and Land Rights workstream focuses on how digital tools such as participatory tenure mapping tools and user-oriented databases can be used to support women’s land rights. We aim equally at an in-depth analysis of the opportunities as well as risks of digital innovations in the context of strengthening tenure security for women.
Central to the SEWOH Lab is the question of how, and under what conditions, digitalisation translates into practical opportunities for addressing the numerous challenges mentioned above. This requires understanding broader social, political and institutional dynamics, and, where necessary, exploring the kinds of social and organisational innovations needed to harness the potential of digital technologies to deliver on multiple targets under the Sustainable Development Goals, including food and nutrition security, sustainable natural resource use, and resilience to climate change.
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News & Blog Posts

How can smallholder farmers benefit from soil carbon initiatives? Lessons from REDD+
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
TMG and partners kickoff activities on ecosystem restoration in India
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TMG and partners kickoff activities on ecosystem restoration in India

Analysing the linkages between digitalisation, ecosystem restoration and food security
Who benefits? SEWOH Lab study explores farmers’ engagement in carbon sequestration schemes
Blog Post

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

Findings from research on carbon sequestration in agricultural soils
Easing access to land for Africa’s youth: Are community land lease arrangements the answer?
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
Note conceptuelle du SEWOH Lab : Sécurité foncière des femmes et numérisation
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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.
GLF Africa 2021: Outcome Statement
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GLF Africa 2021: Outcome Statement

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

Publications

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

Working Paper

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

Bruno St-Jacques, Larissa Stiem-Bhatia, Raymond Achu Samndong & Torsten Krause

This paper aims to contribute to emerging debates on soil carbon sequestration by investigating the conditions required to deliver multiple benefits for smallholder farmers

A review of the participation of smallholder farmers in land-based carbon payment schemes

Working Paper

A review of the participation of smallholder farmers in land-based carbon payment schemes

Yvonne Tamba, Joshua Wafula, Christine Magaju, Ermias Aynekulu, Leigh Winowiecki, Bruno St-Jacques, Larissa Stiem-Bhatia, Cristina Arias-Navarro

This paper highlights approaches for smallholder engagement, identifies key barriers to participation, and outlines options to enhance farmers’ agency.

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  • Innovative digital tools to enhance food security in Africa (Highlights)

    A contribution to debates on the EU Comprehensive Strategy with Africa

  • Innovative digital tools to enhance food security in Africa (Event Recording)

    A contribution to debates on the EU Comprehensive Strategy with Africa

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