Virtual Living Income May Workshop 2020
27th May 2020 

We are greatly encouraged by the level of participation and reception of our first virtual workshop. It introduced participants to the concepts of measurement and strategies to drive a living income. In this follow up workshop, our focus was on the topic of measuring a living income. What are available methodologies? Are there available reference values or proxies we can use? Is there consolidated effort in this area? This is the second of a series of virtual workshops. The third workshop will take place on June the 23rd - register here.

To review the full agenda and speakers click here.

Workshop Objectives:
 

  1. Align on key context and concepts on Living income

  2. Share latest developments on strategies, policies and initiatives.

  3. Learn from and support deeper conversation between different sectors

  4. Inspire action through awareness outreach to new relevant stakeholders.

  5. Build effective partnerships across stakeholders

Workshop session resources

Session 1: Living Income State of Play: Sector Updates in Rubber and Palm Oil sectors

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Session 2: Actual Income Measurement: Frameworks for measuring household incomes. What approaches are best for me? 

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Session 3:  Integrated Approach to Living Income: benchmarks, actual incomes, modelling and implementation to close income gaps 

Palm oil and rubber are key economic drivers in the tropical countries it is cultivated. However, the expansion of agricultural land has given rise to extensive deforestation and community conflict. Sustainable production practices are gaining momentum and increasingly the focus is now on actions needed to deliver on deforestation-free supply chains. As these are largely smallholder dominated sectors, how far has the sector moved to ensure a living income for producers can be met whilst aligning with the intentions of the wider industry approach. This session aims to understand the palm and rubber sector advancements on living income and consolidated work.

 

Moderated by Sheila Senathirajah (ISEAL Alliance) and Nina Kuppetz (GIZ)

Speakers: Kertijah Abdul Kadir (RSPO), Stefano Savi (GPSNR).

 

Pre-reading:

Measuring actual incomes can be complex and resource-intensive, and many organisations are looking for guidance on how to approach it. In this session, we explore some of the key learnings and considerations around actual income surveying identified by the community and in our most recent measurement guidance. We also have an extended conversation around options for using alternate data sources and income estimation models. This session includes virtual breakouts on conducting income surveys and approaches for filling data gaps and income modelling.

Moderated by Kristin Komives (ISEAL Alliance) and Adam Romo (ISEAL Alliance)

Speakers: Patrick Brandt (Cargill), Marcelo Tyszler (KIT), Carlos de los Rios (COSA), Yuca Waarts (Wageningen University), Andrea Rusman (True Price), Carla Veldhuyzen (Fairtrade International), Carla Dalmau (IDH), Jessi Grillo (Heartwood LLC).

Pre-reading:

This session provides an update on where benchmarks exist, what to do when you don’t have a benchmark and a concrete example of all the pieces of an integrated living income program from measurement to implementation.

Moderated by Stephanie Daniels (Sustainable Food Lab). 

Speakers: Kristin Komives (ISEAL Alliance), Friederike Martin (GIZ), Gretchen Villegas (Heifer International), Ben Wood (Heifer International), Evan Brown (Heifer International), Frank Valdivia (Heifer International). 

 

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