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 Virtual Living Income June 2022 Workshop
15th/16th June 2022

The Virtual Living Income Workshop, co-organised by ISEAL, GIZ and the Sustainable Food Lab, featured 21 speakers from a range of institutions including (but not limited to) Rikolto, Voice Network, Solidaridad Colombia, SHIFT, SCOPEinsight, Nestle Cocoa Plan, Fairfood, The Sustainable Trade Initiative IDH, Cote d’Ivoire-Ghana Cocoa Initiative, and Sustainalytics. The workshop received over 600 registrations.  Simultaneous interpretation in Spanish and French was available on both days for 1 hour during the plenary session.

Individuals from 66 countries registered to the workshop. Most of the registered individuals (229) came from European countries. The next largest region was Africa (178) followed by Latin America region with (134) registrants. 

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During this year we were glad to see a considerable increase of registrants coming from Africa (178) compared to (59) that registered our 2021 Living Income Workshop. Similarly, it has been interesting to see an increase in the registration of individuals from Central America and the Caribbean (44) for 2022 compared to (21) in 2021. The Living Income Community of Practice is working hard to identify strategies and generate discussions for closing the income gap at a global level and our goal is to integrate in these discussions participants from producing countries where the concept of living income could potentially bring change and generate impact.

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Day 1 (15th June): What drives improvement in farmer income and who can lead and influence these drivers? 

On this day we explored the building blocks for an effective living income program.  We looked at the evidence on the critical drivers of farmer income at the farm, national and sector levels.  The sessions provided clarity on what is needed to enable farmers to earn a living income and considered this from the perspective and roles of different actors.

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Understanding the drivers of living income and roles of different actors.

Moderated by: Stephanie Daniels (Sustainable Food Lab) 

Enabling Smallholder based agricultural transformation - lessons for living income strategy design

 Richard Rogers (Farmer Income Lab & Managing Director,  Rogers MacJohn LLC)

Income Drivers: What do we know of the income drivers and how they work?

Ashlee Tuttleman (IDH) - The Sustainable Trade Initiative),

Effective Company programs: A review of the principles of a credible industry program and what has been learned in the cocoa sector

Martha Rainer Opoku Mensah (Oxfam)

Critical pillars for an effective  living income program.

Moderated by: Stephanie Daniels (Sustainable Food Lab) 

Framing: Ensuring programs are addressing critical pillars necessary for success in a living income program.

Abdulahi Aliyu-Rikolto

Elements of an effective living income programme: Listen to this discussion on how to ensure and evaluate whether all the necessary pillars are in place in any program for success

Antonie Fountain, Managing Director, Voice Network

Regenerative Ag & Living Income: The session explored programs models that help farmers cover the investment costs associated with adopting regenerative practices, and include discussion of the learning process that led to program design and strategies for making programs financially sustainable in the long term.

Moderated by: Seth Petchers (Sustainable Food Lab) 

​Joel Brounen, Solidaridad Colombia, Martine  Jansen, Rabobank


Roles of Professional Producer Organizations in Living income: This session explored the role of professionalized farmer organization in providing services and consistent markets for farmers, and the critical role of these organizations in both improving and sustaining higher farmer incomes.

Moderated by: Rita Mendez (LICOP)

Marise Blom, SCOPEinsight, Mariela Wismann, Rikolto


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Day 2 (16th June): Can we start to build a shared understanding of good practices when communicating about action on living income?

Living income cannot be addressed by supply chain action alone. As new partnerships catalyse, we need to start building a shared understanding of good practices when we communicate about our actions and ensure that it is grounded in a robust framework. In Day 2, we brought together practitioners that shared experiences to discuss what effective action, monitoring and reporting could look like for living income.

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Living Income Claims and Communication.

Moderated by: Sheila Senathirajah (LICOP)

Building a shared understanding of good practices when communicating on action: To enable companies to make credible claims and communicate meaningfully about their contribution, we need to build a shared understanding of good practice. Credible reporting is necessary to build understanding and buy-in among stakeholders around living income strategies and actions.

 Sheila Senathirajah (LICOP)

Trends on impact reporting: What’s the expectation for companies to further improve credibility in living income related disclosure?  From policy and process to impact reporting. What do we currently see and where are we heading, and why?

Stina Nilsson (Sustainalytics)

What is a credible system for verifying action and assessing relevance to delivering improvements?: Learnings and good practices emerging from LW work  Living wage reporting standard – purpose, features, current status, feedback from piloting companies?

Caroline Rees (SHIFT)

How are multistakeholder platforms addressing collective commitments and progress indicators for these?

Christian Robin (Swiss Platform for  Sustainable Cocoa)

What are key indicators of success for living income? What are the key indicators of success on living income that the CDGHCI is using? What would you like to see the industry report on?

Tawiah Agyarko-Kwarteng (Cote d’Ivoire-Ghana Cocoa Initiative)

Building a shared understanding of good practices when communicating on action (Breakout sessions - not available on video recording)

Moderated by: Simon Gmeiner (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH - GIZ)

Case example 1: Role of Cash Incentives in a Living Income program: This session took the recently announced Nestlé Income Accelerator Program as a concrete example to discuss the logic behind including cash transfers, design elements of an effective program and ways to measure effectiveness and impact.

Moderated by: Christina Archer (Sustainable Food Lab)

Darrell High (Nestlé Cocoa Plan) and Oumou Diallo (Royal Tropical Institute KIT)

Case example 2: Transparency systems to Enable living income programs: Case of TRACE: This session addressed innovations in supply chain data and transparency through practical cases. 

Moderated by: Rita Mendez (LICOP)

 Cerianne Bury (Trabocca Coffee), Isa Miralles (Fairfood / ALIGN platform) and Lauren Murphy (ICRW)

Case example 3: Data Governance & Ownership:  In this session we explored the building blocks to an equitable data system, the importance to a living income approach and scaling efforts to reach more farmers, with a focus on the coffee and cocoa sectors. 

Moderated by: Kaitlin Murphy (Sustainable Food Lab)

Sylvia Calfat (Committee on Sustainable Assessment (COSA)) and Pavi Ram (Tony’s Chocolonely)

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We want to thank all participants and speakers for your valuable contributions during this event

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