Alexander Müller

Founder & Managing Director

Alexander is a former FAO Assistant Director-General (2006-2013), and State Secretary for Consumer Protection, Food and Agriculture, Germany (2001 -2005). He has vast experience in global sustainability governance, as inter alia: Chair of the UN Standing Committee on Nutrition; member of the UN Environmental Management Group; and Lead, Voluntary Guidelines for Responsible Governance of Land, and TEEBAgriFood.

Alexander Müller
Climate Change Brings New Pest & Disease Pressures Previously Unimaginable
Media Coverage

Climate Change Brings New Pest & Disease Pressures Previously Unimaginable

Harnessing technological advances to strengthen transboundary governance of early warning-early action systems
Our food system needs crisis proofing. Start with windfall tax
Media Coverage

Our food system needs crisis proofing. Start with windfall tax

A call for a more adequate global response to the current crises
True Value: Revealing the Positive Impacts of Food Systems Transformation
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
The Right Way to Fight Global Hunger
News

The Right Way to Fight Global Hunger

Immediate responses to the current hunger crisis must also support the long-term transformation of food systems.
Making the hidden costs of our food systems visible
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
Transformation: does the term still have value?
Blog Post

Transformation: does the term still have value?

TMG think piece series
Finding the ‘True Value’ of Food Can Drive Innovation Across Sectors
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.
Counting the Hidden Costs of Food Adds Up to Real Progress
News

Counting the Hidden Costs of Food Adds Up to Real Progress

TMG director co-publishes opinion piece in Newsweek
People and Planet
Blog Post

People and Planet

Empowering African communities in ecosystem restoration
Video Diaries in the Days of Corona: Voices from the Ground
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
Transforming our broken food systems
Publication

Transforming our broken food systems

TMG Managing Director Alexander Müller contributes to a new volume on True Cost Accounting in the food sector.
Marine Regions Forum: An international stakeholder forum to strengthen regional ocean governance
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
Covid, the Environment and Food Systems: Contain, Cope and Rebuild Better
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
Cheap food is expensive
Blog Post

Cheap food is expensive

Why the World Food Systems Summit must usher in a fundamental change to our food system
Building Our Food Systems Back Better
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?
Advancing Ocean Governance in Marine Regions Through Stakeholder Dialogue Processes
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
Scientific Linkages Between Climate Change and (Transboundary) Crop Pest and Disease Outbreaks

Working Paper

Scientific Linkages Between Climate Change and (Transboundary) Crop Pest and Disease Outbreaks

Alexander Müller, Adam Prakash, Elena Lazutkaite, Mark Davis, Ahmed Amdihun and Jully Ouma

Paving the way forward for improved crisis governance

A Scoping Paper on the Ongoing Desert Locust Crisis 2019-2021+

Working Paper

A Scoping Paper on the Ongoing Desert Locust Crisis 2019-2021+

Alexander Müller, Swantje Nilsson, Adam Prakash and Elena Lazutkaite

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

An unfolding global hunger crisis?

Working Paper

An unfolding global hunger crisis?

Alexander Müller, Adam Prakash and Elena Lazutkaite

The developed world must share their grain reserves with countries in need instead of producing biofuels and meat!

Sustainable Blue Recovery: Fostering Resilience for Marine Regions

Policy Brief

Sustainable Blue Recovery: Fostering Resilience for Marine Regions

Luise von Pogrell, Torsten Thiele, Sebastian Unger, Barbara Neumann, Laura Weiand, Piera Tortora, Julien Rochette, Klaudija Cremers, Glen Wright and Alexander Müller

Connecting People to Protect One Ocean

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

Working Paper

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

Michael Hamm, Olivia Riemer, Alexander Müller, Kathleen Merrigan

An analysis of the true costs of sustainable and healthy food and how True Cost Accounting, TCA can be argued for – and what political asks can be phrased from it – starting from the vantage point of sustainable diets.

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

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

Report

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

Christine Chemnitz, Jes Weigelt, Corinna Enders, Anna Häring, Folkhard Isermeyer, Martin Kunisch, Alexander Müller, Susanne Neubert, Henrike Rieken, Rolf Sommer, Friedhelm Taube, Jens Tuider, Hubert Wiggering

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

True Value: Revealing the Positive Impacts of Food Systems Transformation

Report

True Value: Revealing the Positive Impacts of Food Systems Transformation

TMG, Global Alliance for the Future of Food

Commissioned by the Global Alliance for the Future of Food, this report identifies the positive impacts of True Cost Accounting on different aspects of global food systems

 TEEB for Agriculture & Food: Scientific and Economic Foundations

Report

TEEB for Agriculture & Food: Scientific and Economic Foundations

Alexander Müller, Patrick Holden, Peter May, Kathleen Merrigan, Danielle Nierenberg, Walter Pengue, Jules Pretty, Maryam Rahmanian, Ruth Richardson, Pavan Sukhde, Abdou Tenkouano

This ‘Scientifc and Economic Foundations’ report addresses the core theoretical issues and controversies underpinning the evaluation of the nexus between the agri-food sector, biodiversity and ecosystem services and externalities.

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”:

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.

Towards a Contemporary Vision for the Global Seafloor

Report

Towards a Contemporary Vision for the Global Seafloor

Sabine Christiansen, Duncan Currie, Kate Houghton, Alexander Müller, Manuel Rivera, Oscar Schmidt, Prue Taylor, Sebastian Unger

Half of the global ocean floor is legally set aside from State or private ownership as a common heritage whose control and management are vested in mankind as a whole.

True Cost Accounting: Inventory Report

Report

True Cost Accounting: Inventory Report

Tobias Bandel, Maximiliano Cortes Sotomayor, Benjamin Kayatz, Alexander Müller, Olivia Riemer, Gyde Wollesen

This research is commissioned by the Global Alliance for the Future of Food and is conducted by Soil & More Impacts and TMG Thinktank for Sustainability.

Social Capital in the Food Sector: A Brief for True Cost Accounting Considerations

Info Brief

Social Capital in the Food Sector: A Brief for True Cost Accounting Considerations

Olivia Riemer, Alexander Müller, Sebastian Hanss-Mirodone

The Brief provides an overview of the concept of social capital, how it is linked to food- and farming-related businesses, and why it determines business failure and success.

Organic Food's Value to Human Health

Info Brief

Organic Food's Value to Human Health

Michael Hamm, Olivia Riemer, Alexander Müller

This brief presents the current state of knowledge on the health impacts of organic versus conventionally produced food.

Mobilizing the Power and Potential of True Cost Accounting

Article

Mobilizing the Power and Potential of True Cost Accounting

Nadia El-Hage Scialabba, Carl Obst, Kathleen A. Merrigan, Alexander Müller

Concluding chapter: 'True Cost Accounting for Food - Balancing the Scale'

 Measuring what matters in agriculture and food systems

Report

Measuring what matters in agriculture and food systems

Alexander Müller, Patrick Holden, Peter May, Kathleen Merrigan, Danielle Nierenberg, Walter Pengue, Jules Pretty, Maryam Rahmanian, Ruth Richardson, Pavan Sukhde, Abdou Tenkouano

Synthesis of the results and recommendations of TEEB for Agriculture and Food’s Scientific and Economic Foundations Report.

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

Report

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

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

A discussion of the potential of the Marine Regions Forum to facilitate progress in ocean governance and sustainability transformations

Human Health and the Food System: A Brief for True Cost Accounting Considerations

Info Brief

Human Health and the Food System: A Brief for True Cost Accounting Considerations

Michael Hamm, Olivia Riemer, Alexander Müller

This brief highlights the issues and opportunities regarding human health and the food system.

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.

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

Article

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

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

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

Covid-19, the Environment, and Food Systems: Contain, Cope and Rebuild Better

Report

Covid-19, the Environment, and Food Systems: Contain, Cope and Rebuild Better

Alexander Müller, Professor Anil Markandya, Jacob Salcone & Dr. Simi Thambi

Covid-19 Green Recovery Working Paper Series

Beware the politics: Leveraging foreign policy for SDG implementation

Working Paper

Beware the politics: Leveraging foreign policy for SDG implementation

Daria Ivleva, Alexander Müller, Benjamin Pohl

The adoption of the 2030 Agenda in 2015 marked a high point for international multilateral cooperation. With its 17 goals and 169 targets, the implementation process for the SDGs may appear an essentially technocratic exercise.

Advancing Ocean Governance in Marine Regions Through Stakeholder Dialogue Processes

Article

Advancing Ocean Governance in Marine Regions Through Stakeholder Dialogue Processes

Laura Weiand, Sebastian Unger, Julien Rochette, Alexander Müller and Barbara Neumann

The poor state of the ocean and the transboundary nature of the marine environment require bold action by States coordinated across sectors and territorial boundaries in order to deal with the manifold challenges the ocean is facing—and with it humankind.

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