TMG Think Tank for Sustainability

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 marginalized 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 organization, 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, we introduced 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 catalyzing the diffusion of knowledge and practices on sustainable land management.

To learn more about the project, visit its official
Le modèle Tem Sesiabun Gorado

Policy Brief

Le modèle Tem Sesiabun Gorado

Une approche de mise à l‘échelle des innovations agricoles au Bénin

Written by Check Abdel Kader Baba, Larissa Stiem-Bhatia and Ismail M. Moumouni

Published on Oct 17, 2022

The Tem Sesiabun Gorado (TSG) model

Policy Brief

The Tem Sesiabun Gorado (TSG) model

An innovate farmer-to-farmer knowledge transfer approach

Written by Check Abdel Kader Baba, Larissa Stiem-Bhatia and Ismail M. Moumouni

Published on Oct 17, 2022

Transforming food systems from the bottom up

Info Brief

Transforming food systems from the bottom up

How locally developed social innovations can strengthen enabling environments for soil restoration

Written by Larissa Stiem-Bhatia, Jes Weigelt and Kader Baba

Published on Jul 13, 2022

Securing land access for smallholders

Info Brief

Securing land access for smallholders

How a community-led process is strengthening leasing rights in western Kenya

Written by William Onura, Serah Kiragu-Wissler, Larissa Stiem-Bhatia, Washe Kazungu, Violet Shivutse and Doreen Magotsi

Published on Jul 13, 2022

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

This guide is designed to facilitate understanding, and implementation of the Tem Sesiabun Gorado (TSG) model, a farmer-led knowledge diffusion approach.

Written by Check Abdel Kader Baba, Dr. Ismail Moumouni Moussa

Published on Oct 5, 2020

Modèle Tem Sesiabun Gorado - Une approche de partage des connaissances sur les bonnes pratiques agricoles

Technical Guide

Modèle Tem Sesiabun Gorado - Une approche de partage des connaissances sur les bonnes pratiques agricoles

Approche de gestion durable des terres

Written by Check Abdel Kader Baba, Dr. Ismail Moumouni Moussa

Published on Aug 17, 2020

    • First Governor's Day with Farmers - Kakamega County, Kenya

      First Governor's Day with Farmers - Kakamega County, Kenya

      A novel approach aiming to bring farmers and agricultural policymakers closer together.

    • Tem Sesiabun Gorado - An innovative model for knowledge transfer

      Tem Sesiabun Gorado - An innovative model for knowledge transfer

      A novel farmer-to-farmer knowledge transfer model

    • Tem Sesiabun Gorado - Un modèle innovateur de transfert de connaissances

      Tem Sesiabun Gorado - Un modèle innovateur de transfert de connaissances

      Un nouveau modèle de transfert de connaissances entre agriculteur·rice·s

    • Transforming food systems from the bottom up: Social innovations for soil restoration

      Transforming food systems from the bottom up: Social innovations for soil restoration

      A conversation around land rights and agricultural transformation

    • No Sustainability Transition Without Securing Legitimate Land Rights - TMG @ COP 15

      No Sustainability Transition Without Securing Legitimate Land Rights - TMG @ COP 15

      TMG and partners bring "Rights to Land" agenda to COP 15

Learn more about our activities

Check out our different channels where we publish articles, videos, and analyses of global and local debates

TMG Think Tank for Sustainability consists of TMG Research gGmbH, an independent, non-partisan, non-for-profit organization registered in Berlin (District Court Charlottenburg, HRB 186018 B, USt.-ID: DE311653675) and TMG - Töpfer, Müller, Gaßner GmbH, a private company registered in Berlin (District Court Charlottenburg, HRB 177576 B USt.-ID: DE306832549).

Our main address is EUREF Campus 6-9, 10829 Berlin, Germany.

© 2024 TMG Think Tank for Sustainability. All Rights Reserved.