“Accompanying research on soil protection: a complementary instrument for implementing the special initiative “ONE WORLD - No Hunger”

We work to co-develop solutions to overcome known and deep-rooted challenges to the adoption of soil protection and rehabilitation practices in sub-Saharan Africa and India. This starts with learning from past successes and failures, assessing needs with local stakeholders and co-developing solutions to overcome known and deep-rooted challenges to adoption of soil protection and rehabilitation practices. Our partners are civil society organizations, researchers, and decision makers from government and administration. We advocate for inclusive, participatory processes to co-identify challenges and solutions that are localized and led by those in need.

Fighting hunger, malnutrition and poverty starts with protecting soils and land. Globally, 815 million people suffer from hunger; and each year, we lose about 10 million hectares of arable land due to land degradation


Our work in  Ethiopia has three interrelated work packages: social and institutional processes for upscaling of SLM; promotion of Voluntary Land Consolidation (VLC); and decentralized community based natural resource  management.



Depletion of soil fertility on smallholder farms is increasingly considered a root cause of diminishing per capita food production in Kenya. Here we co-develop entry points and processes to improve adoption of sustainable land management practices, namely through the expansion of extension services and securing of land tenure in three counties of Western Kenya: Bungoma, Kakamega and Siaya.





In India we focus on the enabling conditions of Post-Project Sustainability of Sustainable Land Management initiatives. The socio-economic and institutional interlinkages between managing common resources and long-term adoption of SLM initiatives are a strong focus of the research.


Burkina Faso

In partnership with the national NGO Groupe de Recherche et d’Action sur le Foncier (GRAF) we work on gender and land rights in south west Burkina Faso. Among other strategies to upscale sustainable land management, we test methodologies to secure access to land for women, and promote the up-scaling of such methodologies through cooperation and co-learning with local communities and their governments. 




In Benin, there is urgent need to push for knowledge sharing from project beneficiaries to non-beneficiaries in order to successfully upscale and sustain SLM at the local level. We contribute to this process by piloting a farmer-directed SLM technology diffusion model.