27. May 2020

Greatly encouraged by the level of participation and reception of our first virtual workshop, this workshop focusses 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? 

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 Ressources

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

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).

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

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.

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

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).