As part of promoting the sustainable development impacts of global supply chains, the Sustainable Food Lab facilitates a community of practice on performance measurement in smallholder supply chains. The community of practice brings together companies, development organizations, lenders, and certification organizations to share cases and lessons and to develop consensus on a common approach to smallholder performance measurement.
Specific activities of the community of practice include:
- Workshops and peer to peer discussions on measurement that focus on sharing what works and what doesn’t when assessing the sustainability of smallholder supply chains (see our 2017 Smallholder Performance Measurement Report);
- Development of the framework called A Shared Approach to Smallholder Performance Measurement; and,
- Fieldwork to test indicators and metrics.
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 guidance. Driven by the interest of this community, we decided to first focus on a few metrics related to farm economics and in that way contribute to the dialogue on metrics that we all want to have.
“I think there is real value in a group of companies engaged in measuring the status of their smallholder supply chains to come together and learn from one another about what is working and what’s not. By sharing our learning, and by collaborating to develop a shared approach to performance measurement we can avoid duplication of efforts and gather more actionable data more efficiently.”
Duncan Pollard, Nestlé