Guiding steps towards living income in the supply chain

How to mainstream living income in your company’s activities

This is a guide for companies seeking to address poverty and economic viability with smallholder farmers1 in their supply chains. By using this guide, companies will be able to integrate living incomes into their sourcing practices and sustainability programmes. It provides an explanation of the three main rationales for companies to address the challenge of a living income – that of addressing decent livelihoods as part of basic human rights, of the opportunity to protect and build a positive reputation and of the need to ensure security of supply.


The guide is intended to provide resources and guidance to help practitioners adapt their explanation and case for working on a living income to the culture and needs of different departments and companies across the agricultural value chain (traders, brand manufactures and retailers). The guide provides context on living incomes, followed by steps companies can take to Make the Case, Prepare for Action, Take Action and Monitor Results of efforts to include a living income of smallholder farmers in their sourcing and sustainability practices.

Download the guide clicking below or browse the presentation deck, intended to be a support resource for companies developing the strategies on living income.  Please feel free to use the deck for your own purposes and maintaining the crediting included.

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