SEWOH Lab Project Coordinator, TMG Research
Dr. Sarah D’haen coordinates TMG Research’s SEWOH Lab project, which explores how digital and social innovations can jointly foster concrete solutions for the food security of small-scale farmers and farming communities in Sub-Saharan Africa 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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The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration offers the much-needed opportunity to align efforts by policy communities that too often operate in silos. Given the magnitude of the challenge to restore our ecosystems, a failure to cooperate would aggravate the risk of not achieving SDG 15 by 2030. Against this backdrop, this session unites representatives from land restoration programs, sustainable soil management, and rights-based land governance. In terms of actors, this segment focuses on the role of smallholder farmers as central actors in promoting restoration activities. This segment explores how to create an enabling environment for restoration activities, in particular by smallholders. It is divided in the following three sessions.
This session is organised under TMG’s SEWOH Lab project (2020-2024). The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
Financing restoration at scale remains one of the key challenges. Payments for ecosystem services and payments for soil organic carbon enhancements (SOC) are increasingly discussed as one way to channel resources to restoration efforts. SOC payments are a comparatively new instrument. The SOC payment schemes can therefore learn from experiences of REDD+ projects. Given the overall focus of this segment, this session will reflect on how soil organic carbon projects can benefit smallholder farming communities and reward them for their restoration activities. Our panellists will share insights into REDD+ initiatives and will discuss how these experiences can inform the design and implementation of SOC projects. Particular attention will be given to explore enabling environments, and if and how digital and social innovations can play a role here.
- Amy Duchelle, Team Leader - Climate Change, Energy & Low-Carbon, CIFOR / ICRAF
- Leigh Winowiecki, Soil and Land Health Leader, CIFOR / ICRAF
- Amos Wekesa, Environment and Climate Change Advisor, Vi Agroforestry
Facilitated by Sarah D’haen, Project Coordinator, TMG Research
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