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Learning from benchmarking Living Income: 2. Identifying your stakeholders

In 2018, the Living Income Community of Practice (LI CoP) embarked on a new adventure – applying the Anker Living Wage Methodology to estimate living income for cocoa farmers in Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana. This is the second in series of blogs reflecting on this experience and what we as a community have learned both about the methodology and about the value of living income benchmarks themselves. This blog focuses on stakeholder identification, which is a fundamental activity that occurs in the scoping stages of the benchmarking process. The two living income benchmark studies were presented to stakeholders in Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana respectively, and are now available on www.living-income.co

Learning from benchmarking Living Income: 1. Scoping the geography

In 2018, the Living Income Community of Practice (LI CoP) embarked on a new adventure – applying the Anker Living Wage Methodology to estimate living income for cocoa farmers in Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana. Interest in living income is currently very high among buyers, civil society and sustainability standards concerned with the knock-on effects of recent cocoa price fluctuations on smallholder incomes. The situation in Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire was particularly pertinent, with these two countries being the world’s largest cocoa producing nations. This work to produce a living income benchmark for the sector was financially supported by Cargill, Fairtrade International, GIZ, the Lindt Cocoa Foun

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