TMG – ThinkTankforSustainabilty

The Töpfer Müller Gaßner GmbH (TMG) as a "Think Tank for Sustainability" supports the implementation of sustainable development targets and the Paris Climate Agreement. The responsible persons are convinced that effective implementation starts with the involvement of different actors and the consideration of different forms of knowledge. Only in this way are collaborative actions for transformation in sustainability possible. Inclusive development processes require the involvement of local and marginalized participants. The work of (TMG) ThinkTank for Sustainability therefore aims to listen to the voices of local actors in these global processes while at the same time influencing the global processes in such a way that they become effective for concrete transformation processes at the national and local level.

 

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Combining multiple strands: This is SEWOH Lab

Combining multiple strands: This is SEWOH Lab

A new research project of the special initiative examines several digital solutions for agriculture and food: This is a support for the successful fusion of digital and social innovations for food security. This apporach is both regional and interregional.

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Articles

Building our food systems back better
Quinoa could have a huge potential in Central Asia, where the Aral Sea Basin has been especially hard-hit by salinisation.

Building our food systems back better

By Jes Weigelt and Alexander Müller

What is required to make food systems provide sufficient, healthy food while not harming the planet? How should food security be maintained given the threat posed by climate change? Our authors look at some aspects of tomorrow’s food systems against the backdrop of the corona crisis.

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Video diaries in the days of Corona: Voices from the ground
Indonesia / Borneo, March 2000: North of Palangkaraya are the base camps of illegal loggers in the middle of the devastated landscape. (C) Christoph Püschner / Zeitenspiegel

Video diaries in the days of Corona: Voices from the ground

By Sarah D´haen & Alexander Müller, Louisa Nelle, Bruno St. Jaques, Sarah Kirangu-Wissler and Matteo Lattanzi (TMG)

Young farmers’ insights on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on food systems in Sub-Saharan Africa @CovidFoodFuture and video diaries from Nairobi’s informal settlements.

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"Extreme is the new normal"

"Extreme is the new normal"

By Alexander Müller, and Jes Weigelt

As the climate changes, the population of Africa is growing and fertile land and jobs are becoming scarcer. New ways are currently leading to urbanisation of agriculture and a new mid-sized sector in the countryside

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Authors of this partner

Sarah D'haen

Sarah D'haen

Sarah D’haen coordinates TMG Research’s SEWOH Lab project. Originally trained as an agronomist and environmental scientist, Sarah’s expertise and interest lie in livelihood dynamics in the Global South, in identifying the direct and indirect drivers of vulnerability and poverty, and finding ways to address these in an effective, inclusive and sustainable way. Throughout her career she has applied this interest in research and implementation projects focused on land use change and adaptation to climate change. She has worked extensively with local and national level stakeholders, scientists and policy makers, predominantly in Sub-Saharan Africa, and more recently also in Europe. She holds a PhD in Geography.

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Jes Weigelt

Jes Weigelt

Jes Weigelt is Head of Programmes at TMG Research gGmbH, the research wing of TMG. Töpfer, Müller, Gassner. ThinkTank for Sustainability. He tweets at @jes_tmg.

 

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Klaus Töpfer

Klaus Töpfer

Professor Klaus Töpfer, a graduate economist, was Executive Director of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam from 2009 to 2015.

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Alexander Müller

Alexander Müller

Alexander Müller, a graduate sociologist, is the head of a global study of the UN Environment Program on "The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity for Agriculture and Food" and CEO of "TMG - Töpfer, Müller, Gaßner GmbH, ThinkTankforSustainabilty".

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