INTERFACES - Supporting Pathways to Sustainable Land Management in Africa

Research project at a glance

Land management and the securing, use, control and governance of land-related natural resources is one of the key drivers for sustainable development in Africa. Sustainable land management should contribute to food security, adaptation of agriculture and forestry to climate change, nature and environmental protection, and be organized in a way that contributes to social justice. From October 2022, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), together with INTERFACES, is supporting four regional research and development (R&D) projects that will contribute to this aim.
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Funding type

Publicly funded research


01.10.2022 to 30.09.2026

Project manager at H-BRS

Project Description

INTERFACES is a support project that will support the BMBF-funded regional projects in their endeavor to drive change for sustainable land management in Sub-Saharan Africa. It will do so through impact-oriented service activities, building on the networking of the regional projects, science communication, societal learning processes and capacity development, as well as through complementary transfer analyses that enable or facilitate implementation and improve the relevance and reach of research-based  results of the regional projects.


To achieve changes towards sustainable land management, a fundamental reorganization is needed across technological, economic, political, institutional and social factors, including paradigms, goals and values.


Therefore, INTERFACES has four work areas that together strengthen the integration, coherence and reach of the regional projects with regard to sustainable land management: 1. Knowledge synthesis through dialogues about future visions and theories of change for sustainable land management - together with the regional projects and actors from science, policy and practice, 2. Support of innovation and implementation processes by identifying change strategies to bridge knowledge-behaviour gaps, 3. Communication, networking and knowledge management and 4. Education, e.g. through the integration of teaching content into African and German Master's and Graduate programs. The methods and results of the regional projects find their way into the training of project partners and students with regard to the training of future "change agents".


The expected results of INTERFACES include scientific and non-scientific publications, the promotion of inter- and transdisciplinary research and social learning approaches to achieve practice-relevant research results, the dialogue with German and African funding agencies, the strengthening of already existing networks on land management issues and their networking with various African networks to further contribute to the implementation of R&D results in the field of sustainable land management. In addition, INTERFACES will anchor implementation-oriented research, including transfer, in education and training.

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