social innovations

3 social innovations that are transforming food systems



  • The sustainable management of soils is a key lever in the transformation of food systems
  • The ‘One World, No Hunger’ initiative has opened a space for food system transformation and innovation
  • Research in development is a key avenue to innovate for food system transformation
  • Few projects scale up as they fail to proactively create an enabling environment
  • Social innovations can strengthen enabling environments from the bottom up


The problem


Around 10% of the world’s population, up to 811 million people, suffer from hunger. Climate change, environmental degradation, population growth, and conflicts are the main drivers of food insecurity. At the same time, the way we produce food contributes to nearly 60% of biodiversity loss, 80% of deforestation, and up to 21% of greenhouse gases, including land use and forestry.

The way we manage soils is key to the transition toward sustainable food systems.


The solution: social innovations


Social innovations are solutions anchored in local contexts that address common problems in new ways. They are not only concerned with what is to be achieved (outcome) but specifically how the solutions are developed (process).

The accompanying research led by GIZ and TMG Think Tank developed social innovations to tackle the structural barriers of soil and land restoration. The innovations address land rights through 3 social innovations in Africa:



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Author: Larissa Stiem-Bhatia, Jes Weigelt, Kader Baba, TMG

Publisher: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Language: English, French

Year: 2022

Ecosystem(s): Agricultural Land

Location(s): Benin, Burkina Faso, Kenya

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