Social Innovations to Protect Soils and Empower People

Scaling sustainable land management practices through transdisciplinary research

This project has developed a range of social innovations that are critical to addressing some entrenched challenges that prevent smallholder farmers from investing in sustainable land management practices. These innovations address, among other systemic issues: insecure access to land for women and young people; informal, and unpredictable, land-leasing arrangements; limited farmer-to-farmer knowledge transfer; and agricultural extension services that are not geared to the needs of poor and marginalised farmers.
Together with our partners in Benin, Burkina Faso, and Kenya, we facilitate participatory processes to develop practical solutions to these problems. We pay particular attention to those left out of mainstream planning processes with the aim of practical, context-specific solutions that are led by the most affected groups.
In western Kenya, working with the grassroots women’s organisation, Shibuye Community Health Workers, we pioneered a process for establishing land lease guidelines, enabling women, and young people, to secure a livelihood from farming. In Burkina Faso, with Groupe de Recherche et d’Action sur le Foncier, weintroduced a process of negotiated land rights transfer to improve women’s tenure situation within family farms. In northern Benin, TMG and our partners developed the community-led, 'Tem Sesiabun Gorado' model. The aim is to improve existing farmer-to-farmer extension strategies through a scalable model for catalysing the diffusion of knowledge and practices on sustainable land management.
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To protect ecosystems, invest in women’s capacities!
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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
Social innovations for healthy soils and human well-being
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Social innovations for healthy soils and human well-being

Supporting smallholders in safeguarding soil ecosystems
Knowledge that lasts: Repurposing farmer-led extension models in Benin
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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
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.

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.

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.

Agriculture, Extension & Extension Coordination

Working Paper

Agriculture, Extension & Extension Coordination

Chrisantus Mang‘oli, Vincent Okoth, Johnston Imbira, Pamela Mang‘oli, David Mbaya, Leonard Haggai, Serah Kiragu-Wissler

The critical role that the agricultural sector plays in providing food security, reducing poverty and creating employment for the Kenyan population is undisputed.

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.

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

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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”:

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

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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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