Living Income Community of Practice
ISEAL, COSA, and the Sustainable Food Lab support efforts to ensure consistency and alignment of indicators to measure the short, medium, and long term outcomes of agriculture systems. This collaboration is one component of a broader effort for transparency, consensus building, and mutual learning among the three organizations and the networks they represent. We see this work responding to the needs supply chain actors have expressed: to communicate supplier conditions effectively, to be valued partners in addressing challenges, and to have assurance that trade has a positive social impact and supports progress toward sustainable farming.
During our June 2016 meeting on living income, the community of practice on living income expressed interest in working towards common metrics and guidance related to farm economics. COSA, SFL and ISEAL had already started a process to align its various metric protocols and guidances. Driven by the interest of this community, we focused on a few metrics related to farm economics in order to contribute to a larger dialogue on metrics, resulting in Measuring Smallholder Incomes: Towards better alignment and reporting of farm economic metrics.
This is not a new set of metrics, but a mutual guidance document for gathering and reporting data on commonly accepted farm economic metrics. It is a living document, the first step in a journey towards alignment and better reporting of farm economic metrics. In that spirit, in the cover of the document we have included a link to a survey for anyone using this guidance to provide feedback and share experience. Read more about the Sustainable Food Lab, COSA, ISEAL collaboration here.
This guidance was also an input to GROW Africa’s Smallholder Working Group’s paper on measuring incomes, entitled “Measuring and evaluating socio-economic progress of smallholder farmers in formal agribusiness chains”.
Webinar Series on Living Income
In addition to developing the guidance SFL, ISEAL and COSA host a webinar series for continuing discussion on Living Income measurement. The most recent webinar:
Webinar No. 14: Closing income gaps – An insight from the cocoa sector
with Antonie Fountain from the Voice Network
12:00-13:30 BST 24th May 2017
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