TMG Think Tank for Sustainability

SEWOH Lab

The role of digitalization 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; ecosystem-based climate adaptation; and women's access to land. The project focusses on developing and advancing concrete solutions for low-income urban populations and small-scale farming communities in several African countries and India.

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 marginalized groups. We explore how digitalization can enhance the empowerment of vulnerable groups through strengthening access to information and public services, lowering transaction costs along agri-food chains, and improving the design and enforcement of relevant public policies.

Our workstream on nature-based solutions investigates how local institutions in smallholder farming contexts can be strengthened through digitalization in climate adaptation, with a focus on water resources. In this regard, digitalization is not regarded as an end in itself but as a means to enable farmers and other land users to make better informed decisions with a view to enhance the resilience of their production systems in the face of climate change. The project is currently exploring how to support Water User Associations in the Indian state of Maharashtra to utilize digital tools to manage limited water resources in a more sustainable and equitable way.

The Gender and Land Rights workstream focuses on digital tools such as monitoring and alert systems for supporting women’s land rights and report rights violations. 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. Together with our partners Kenya Land Alliance and Rainforest Foundation UK, we are piloting a digital reporting tool in two counties in Kenya.

Central to the SEWOH Lab is the question of how, and under what conditions, digitalization 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 organizational 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.

Haki Ardhi – the women’s land rights reporting tool
Media Coverage

Haki Ardhi – the women’s land rights reporting tool

Haki Ardhi offers a bottom-up monitoring and reporting system that demonstrates promising potential to increase access to justice, bolster accountability in land governance, and realise just transitions.
Pioneering systems change: grassroots action forges gender-just pathways to accountability
Blog Post

Pioneering systems change: grassroots action forges gender-just pathways to accountability

The 68th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) focused on how to reform institutions that routinely exclude women and eliminate poverty
From Data to Action Socially Embedded and Inclusive Digitalization for Food Systems Transformation
Publication

From Data to Action Socially Embedded and Inclusive Digitalization for Food Systems Transformation

This policy brief presents an emerging consensus on the conditions needed to ensure that digitalization shapes food systems transformation in a positive way.
Strengthening water user associations through digitalization: A field experiment in Southern Maharashtra
Blog Post

Strengthening water user associations through digitalization: A field experiment in Southern Maharashtra

There is an urgent need for equal water access in India, which is why TMG and SOPPECOM have partnered to strengthen their water management capacities through digital technologies.
The SEWOH Lab – From Data to Action
Blog Post

The SEWOH Lab – From Data to Action

The SEWOH lab consists of six projects, all of them aiming to combine digital tools and social innovations that generate progress towards sustainable transformations of our societies and food systems.
Digitalisation in Water Governance for Agriculture: Lessons from the field in India
Publication

Digitalisation in Water Governance for Agriculture: Lessons from the field in India

This report seeks to identify how local institutions can best use digital tools to make water governance more effective and inclusive, for sustainable water use and climate-resilient crop planning.
Haki Ardhi  – A social digital tool empowering women to protect their land rights

Info Brief

Haki Ardhi – A social digital tool empowering women to protect their land rights

TMG Research, Rainforest Foundation UK and Kenya Land Alliance developed and piloted Haki Ardhi – a powerful new tool that fosters a bottom-up monitoring and reporting of women’s land rights violations.

Written by TMG Land Governance Team

Published on Mar 21, 2024

From Data to Action Socially Embedded and Inclusive Digitalization for Food Systems Transformation

Policy Brief

From Data to Action Socially Embedded and Inclusive Digitalization for Food Systems Transformation

This policy brief presents an emerging consensus on the conditions needed to ensure that digitalization shapes food systems transformation in a positive way.

Written by Larissa Stiem-Bhatia, David Betge, Clare Crowe Pettersson

Published on Feb 28, 2024

Harnessing Digitalisation for Water Governance. Key insights from India

Policy Brief

Harnessing Digitalisation for Water Governance. Key insights from India

This policy brief presents lessons and recommendations for policymakers and practitioners to strengthen inclusive water governance, with a focus on using digital tools, as well as the challenges which can hinder its effective and inclusive implementation.

Written by Neha Bhadbhade, Larissa Stiem-Bhatia, K. J. Joy, Abraham Samuel, and Dipankar Aich

Published on Jan 24, 2024

Digitalisation in Water Governance for Agriculture: Lessons from the field in India

Working Paper

Digitalisation in Water Governance for Agriculture: Lessons from the field in India

This report seeks to identify how local institutions can best use digital tools to make water governance more effective and inclusive, for sustainable water use and climate-resilient crop planning.

Written by Neha Bhadbhade, K.J. Joy, Sarita Bhagat, Kiran Lohakare, Larissa Stiem-Bhatia, Dipankar Aich

Published on Jan 24, 2024

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

Programme: From Data to Action

Event Programme

Programme: From Data to Action

Forum on Inclusive Digitalization for Food Systems Transformation & Progress towards the SDGs

Written by SEWOH Lab Team

Published on Oct 12, 2023

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