TMG Think Tank for Sustainability
Food Systems

Agriculture is a major driver of biodiversity loss, ecosystem degradation and human-driven climate change. Most food systems today neither provide sustainable livelihoods nor sufficient and healthy diets. At TMG, we recognise the urgent need to transform our food systems to support the resilience of our ecosystems, ensure equitable access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food, and provide secure livelihoods for farmers.

Drawing on in-depth scientific knowledge, and our long-standing experience in the governance of food systems, we advise and shape agricultural policy reforms at national and regional level. In partnership with leading food producers and financial institutions in Europe, we seek to build broad alliances to co-design economic and financial systems that account for the harmful environmental and social costs of current food systems, opening up avenues for their transformation.

Digitalization

Digitalization

Exploring the role of digitalization and social innovation for inclusive and resilient food systems.

While there are many successful development initiatives in the African region, entrenched structural inequalities and power asymmetries continue to lock out millions of people from taking charge of their own development aspirations.

Food Systems Transformation

Food Systems Transformation

Exploring equitable transformation pathways for a sustainable future of food systems

The global food system is broken – it is unsustainable, unhealthy, unjust, and in dire need of transformation. Our food systems contribute to climate change, biodiversity loss, unhealthy diets, hunger, and social inequality. There is need for fundamental changes to the way our food is grown, processed, distributed, and consumed. This aspiration is at the heart of the shift from the old agricultural productivity paradigm towards food systems, in line with the concept of planetary boundaries and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

True Cost Accounting in Agri-food Systems

True Cost Accounting in Agri-food Systems

Developing integrated accounting standards for the food and farming sector

Standard accounting and economic evaluation systems do not take full account of all four capitals − produced, natural, social and human − that are involved in the production, processing, marketing and consumption of food, and related services. This means that businesses and other actors are often not held liable for the negative externalities of their activities. Instead, the costs are often borne by society, and the environment. Examples include paying more for clean water due to the cost of removing pesticides from water sources, or higher prices for food due to reduced harvests from poorly managed soils.

Zur Governance der Transformation von Agrar- und Ernährungssystemen - Eine politische Analyse der Sonderinitiative »EINEWELT ohne Hunger« (SEWOH)

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Zur Governance der Transformation von Agrar- und Ernährungssystemen - Eine politische Analyse der Sonderinitiative »EINEWELT ohne Hunger« (SEWOH)

Die vorliegende Studie analysiert explorativ die Governance – also die politische Steuerung – der Sonderinitiative »EINEWELT ohne Hunger« (SEWOH), welche von 2014 bis 2022 durch das BMZ realisiert wurde.

Written by Jörg Schindler, Dr. Harry Hoffmann

Published on Jan 15, 2024

Governor's Day with Farmers - An emerging governance innovation in Kakamega County, Kenya

Policy Brief

Governor's Day with Farmers - An emerging governance innovation in Kakamega County, Kenya

This policy brief highlights learnings from the Governor’s Day with Farmers, a platform established by Shibuye Community Health Workers and the Kakamega County Farmers’ Association with support from TMG Research.

Written by Wangu Mwangi, Larissa Stiem-Bhatia, William Onura

Published on Dec 13, 2023

Food System Diversification as a Key to Implement the COP 28 Emirates Declaration

Working Paper

Food System Diversification as a Key to Implement the COP 28 Emirates Declaration

The Environmental Defense Fund and TMG Research submit that food system diversification is key to achieve the objectives laid out in the COP 28 Emirates Declaration.

Written by Environmental Defense Fund and TMG Research

Published on Dec 8, 2023

FORESEE (4C) Report 4: The Agri-Food Systems Transformation Protocol - Mapping Agents and Drivers of Transformation

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FORESEE (4C) Report 4: The Agri-Food Systems Transformation Protocol - Mapping Agents and Drivers of Transformation

Exploring key actors and catalysts for agri-food systems transformation.

Written by Tavseef Mairaj Shah, Olivia Riemer, Nadia El-Hage Scialabba, Alexander Müller

Published on Dec 4, 2023

The role of true cost accounting in guiding agrifood businesses and investments towards sustainability

Report

The role of true cost accounting in guiding agrifood businesses and investments towards sustainability

Background paper for The State of Food and Agriculture 2023

Written by Olivia Riemer, Tavseef Mairaj Shah, Alexander Müller

Published on Nov 6, 2023

Joint Statement on the Implementation of the CFS Policy Recommendations on Food and Nutrition Security Data

Declaration

Joint Statement on the Implementation of the CFS Policy Recommendations on Food and Nutrition Security Data

This Joint Statement is the output of a 3-day forum entitled "From Data to Action" presenting six key recommendations to guide the implementation of the CFS Policy Recommendations on FSN Data for the progressive realization of the Right to Food.

Written by TMG Research and Partners

Published on Oct 26, 2023

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February
2024
Shaping Global Sustainability Policy and Finance: International Updates on True Cost Accounting at BIOFACH 2024
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January
2024
Governor's Day with Farmers analysis results sharing workshop
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December
2023
Empowering agents of transformation: Paths towards inclusive governance for sustainable food systems
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December
2023
Forgotten Foods and Future Harvests: Enabling Food Producers to Thrive in a Climate-Impacted World
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December
2023
Catalyzing Change: Building Inclusive Governance for Sustainable Food Futures
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October
2023
Forgotten Foods and Future Feasts: Sustaining Our World Through Diverse Food Systems

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