A world without hunger requires healthy soils. The number of undernourished people is rising, while we lose 24bn tons of fertile soil every year.

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Community-led lease guidelines secure access to land in Kakamega County, Kenya

Leasing farming land is a common practice in rural Kenya. But existing legal provisions for leasing land are unclear and the official process costly. Community-led land lease guidelines are accessible to resource-poor smallholders.

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Social innovations to secure women’s land rights in Burkina Faso

Farmers running the risk of losing their land cannot invest in soil management. Women in western Burkina Faso are in this situation. Together with our partner GRAF, we have developed a social innovation to improve women’s tenure situation within the family farm.

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Can voluntary land consolidation transform Ethiopian agriculture?

In Ethiopia, about 60 per cent of farming households operate less than one hectare of land each. Many of those farms are split and dispersed in the landscape, known as land fragmentation. Fragmentation affects farmers’ ability to sustainably and effectively manage their land. TMG Research has explored the potential of voluntary land consolidation.

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A peer review process for improving public extension services provision

TMG Research and institutional stakeholders of the agricultural sector in western Kenya adopted a peer review process as a platform where stakeholders critically examined options for providing effective agricultural extension services. The peer review addressed targeting the poor and promoting sustainable land management.

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Developing social innovations through transdisciplinary research

Despite decades of experience and investments, sustainable land management (SLM) still faces challenges to achieve long-term practice of SLM among smallholder farmers: when programmes end support, farmers often also stop applying the technologies.

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Catalysing technology diffusion: The Tem Sesiabun Gorado model in Benin

Entrusting communities with leadership in the sharing of knowledge and practices for sustainable land management (SLM) can catalyze the diffusion of SLM technologies. In northern Benin, TMG has taken a first step towards improving existing farmer-to-farmer extension strategies.

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WHO we are

We are TMG Research, a ThinkTank for Sustainability, based in Berlin. As part of the special initiative One World, No Hunger of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), we develop social innovations to bridge local solutions with global sustainability agendas.

Our motivation

At TMG, we strive to make nature-based solutions work for all members of society, especially the marginalised, to ensure a sustainable future for all.

HOW we work

Our research is driven by the necessary sustainability transformations and involves the agents needed for this change. Together with our partners in Benin, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Kenya, and India we seek to empower marginalised voices to actively shape societal change.

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