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 in the agri-food sector, 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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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
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.
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
SEWOH Lab Concept Note: Women's Tenure Security and Digitalization
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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
The many faces of sustainability
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The many faces of sustainability

Youth in Soil writers share stories from Africa
Repurposing social media
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Repurposing social media

Spotlight on emerging innovations in Nairobi’s informal fresh food retail sector
Covid-19 Food/Future: How are food systems reconfiguring under the current pandemic?
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.
Combining Multiple Strands: This is the SEWOH Lab
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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.
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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