WEBINARS

The Living income Community of Practice holds regular webinars covering topics from measuring actual and living incomes to closing income gaps, with speakers and examples from various disciplines and sectors. Here you can find recordings and links to resources associated with all past webinars from our series:

Living Income and Standards Systems: Implementing living income requirements in standard systems

The living income community of practice is committed to work with the standard systems community to explore how they can play a bigger role in measuring and strategizing for closing the income gap. After two successful webinars in February and May, that introduced the concept and explored main challenges, this webinar focuses on how standard systems are implementing living income requirements and what challenges still exist. We hear from Rainforest Alliance and their 2020 certification program, and learn about their new approach to enabling living income. 

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Exploring options for measurement and analysis of living income gaps_ a case study of Madhya Pradesh

ISEAL Alliance has worked for the last months on a pilot study to assess the living income gap for target cotton households from Madhya Pradesh. The project included exploring options for actual income measurement as well as understanding options that exist for establishing or approximating living income benchmarks. Through the process, great learnings have been drawn on how to conceptualise and execute living income gap frameworks. This webinar explores, step by step, options to help you in the process of building your living income approach, drawing from practical learnings and use cases.

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Gender-differentiated strategies to close the living income gap for smallholder coffee producers in Ethiopia

This webinar addresses the topic of strategies to close the living income gap. The case of Ethiopian smallholder coffee farmers and value chain will be presented. In addition, gender-sensitive strategies to close the living income gap will be discussed based on the experienced opportunities and challenges of an example project in South Western highlands.

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Démystifier le concept de revenu vital: De quoi il s'agit et comment il peut promouvoir votre travail 

The topic of living income increasingly is a focal issue for government, civil society and industry in multiple sectors as it offers practical instruments for increasing farm incomes from a value chain perspective. This e-seminar series builds on practical experiences from sectors such as cocoa to learn about the concept of living income and the design and implementation of income-promoting strategies. This first webinar focuses on learning and discussing about the living income idea and concept and its added value for income promoting programs. This webinar is in French. 

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What do we know about the impacts of market-based sustainability tools on farmers livelihoods? 

There is now a critical mass of empirical evidence to help understand the impacts of market-based sustainability tools on farmer incomes and livelihoods. This webinar is an opportunity to explore this evidence base creatively and analytically through the Evidensia platform (www.evidensia.eco) to support research, policy and practice on living income work. We explore the existing evidence base across sectors, geographies and key topics and tools of interest. It will help develop a common knowledge base on what we know, what we don’t know and where there are critical knowledge gaps in our understanding of impacts on farmer livelihoods. We have the time to review what the evidence base says on key topics and connect this to work in the Living Income Community of Practice (www.living-income.com).

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How to build a Living Income Roadmap: Integrating Living Income into your business

Are you looking to integrate living income into your company activities? Are you new to the concept and struggle to navigate challenges to progress in this area? This webinar is targeted at companies currently working on addressing the economic viability of small producers in their supply chain through improving sourcing practices or implementing sustainability programmes. 

We heard from Andrew Brooks (Olam) and Laura Kent (TESCO) about the importance of integrating living income into company practices. In addition, this session is designed to create a space for companies to share experiences, discuss structural challenges faced, ask questions on areas that still remain unclear and learn from tools and guidances available. 

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Living Income Reference Prices - Calculation and private sector insights

This webinar addresses the topic of calculating reference prices for living income. After presenting methodological aspects, a tool for calculating living income reference prices was demonstrated showing data from Ethiopian coffee farmers. In addition, we heard from Ywe Franken (Tony's Chocolonely), Martin Kuntze-Fechner and Bettina von Reden (Living Income Project – Tree Crops Ghana) about their approach to as well as experience and challenges with living income reference prices.

 

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Pricing Strategies to close the Gap and the need to consider Supply Management

This webinar discusses the macroeconomic factors that must accompany higher prices to avoid the vicious cycle of oversupply and subsequent price collapses. What does the evidence show of us of successful and failed attempts at supply management? We will then dive deeper into how supply management could work in the cocoa sector, and finalise by giving an overview of strategies that, together, are critical levers to achieve living incomes for the majority of smallholder commodity producers. We heard from Yuca Warts (Wageningen University & Research) and Jason Erskine’s experience from the Canadian dairy sector on their supply management system.

 

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Introducing Living Wage and Living Income Reference Values

In this webinar from the Global Living Wage Coalition and Living Income Community of Practice, Martha and Richard Anker present their new methodology for estimating living wages and living incomes, which builds on their renowned Anker Methodology. The Anker Reference Value method is an important development for living wage and income work globally, allowing NGOs, companies, trade unions, and other stakeholders to understand wage and income gaps in many more countries and regions and start working to reduce them.

Financing Pathways to Living Income

Living Income requires multiple levers to be addressed by multiples actors. This session highlights specific tools, partnerships and approaches used among a wide range of actors directly involved in facilitating access to finance to smallholder farmers including global commercial banks (Rabobank), local banks (Banque Atlantique in Cote d’Ivoire), exporters (Barry Callebaut), micro-finance organisations (Advans), government institutions (Conseil du Café Cacao), cooperative members and special funds that look for innovative ways to mobilise different levels of investment such as the IDH Farmfit Fund.

 

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Living Income and Standards Systems: Main challenges and cross-sectoral learning.

The Living Income Community of Practice is conducting a webinar series to empower standard systems to play a role in advancing living incomes. This webinar explores Sustainability Standards routes for helping farmers improve their income. It also explores some of the  challenges that systems face and includes details on RSPO and Fairtrade USA work in the area. 

 

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Living Income and Standards Systems: Introducing living income

The Living Income Community of Practice is conducting a webinar series to empower standard systems to play a role in advancing living incomes. The first webinar in this series focusses on introducing the concept of living income and its applications, actual income and benchmarking, as well as explore its use and applications to close the income gap. In addition, it explores the many roles standards systems can play in advancing living income for smallholders.  

 

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Closing the income gap: What Works to raise Farmer Incomes.

Join the Living income Community of Practice in a conversation with partners of the Mars Farmer Income Lab on their cutting edge research released on effective approaches to improving small farmers incomes. The research was done by a consortium of experts from Wageningen University, Socialside Insight, Mars and Oxfam. Speakers will be Heather Pfahl, Global Socioeconomic Sustainability Lead for Mars and Joost Guijt, Wageningen University & Research, Lead Author of What Works to Increase Smallholder Farmer Incomes and the SSIR article on Boosting Farmer Incomes in Agricultural Supply Chains.  

 

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The use of technology to drive consumer action.

In this webinar, Fairchain Foundation and tip me show how they have used blockchain to deliver consumers with proof of impact as well as to explore how technology is used to influence consumer behaviour and turn products into an impact engine. Hear how they have put their concepts to practice and the feedback received both from a consumer and producer perspective!. 

 

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Understanding actual incomes using the Household Economy Analysis (HEA).

Living income benchmarks provide a tangible goal for the improvement of incomes, however measuring and understanding the current income situation of farmers remains a persistent challenge. Conceived in the humanitarian aid sector, the Household Economy Analysis (HEA) provides a robust framework that could be leveraged for understanding actual incomes, and also offers potential for modelling farm economics to inform decision making. Join Jessica Grillo (Heartwood LLC) and Jennifer Bush (FEG) as they present and discuss guidance produced under the Living Income Community of Practice on how the HEA can be used to measure the income gap. 

 

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The cocoa sector advances on living income - updates on the floor price & living income differential in West Africa.

The announcement that the Ivorian and Ghanaian governments will raise the floor price for cocoa farmers, as well as levy an extra fee to cocoa buyers, is an important and necessary step in order to make the cocoa sector more sustainable. This webinar discusses this important development, to consider the critical enabling factors in the implementation of the price mechanisms to deliver improved incomes for farming families over the long term. 

 

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The Shubh Mint Project: How partnerships and project design helped raise incomes of Indian mint farmers

Tanager and Mars Wrigley Confectionery have been working together in India since 2014 to help farmers the mint supply chain increase income and boost productivity. This webinar discusses and presents the Shubh Mint Project, currently in its third year of implementation. 

 

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Improving Livelihoods in Dominican Republic Cacao: Measuring and Closing the Income Gap

In 2015, Clif Bar partnered with Social Accountability International (SAI), and with key input from Richard Anker and Martha Anker, created a new methodology to estimate the living income level and measure the living income gap for smallholder cacao farmers in the Dominican Republic (DR).  One year into the pilot project, Thao Pham of Clif Bar, Jane Hwang of SAI, and Altair Rodriguez, DR cacao farmer and in-country program coordinator, discuss the path they took – from benchmark methodology to implementation – and share key lessons from their successful public-private partnership. 

 

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Coffee and Living Income

There has been considerable media and focus on living income in the tea and cocoa sectors, but what about coffee? A number of coffee organizations are active in the Living Income Community of Practice and there is considerable action happening in the sector to address the current low price crisis. This webinar will explore the links between living income and coffee sustainability. We will hear from a recent analysis done by COSA on the living income gap in Kenyan coffee as part of the ISEAL Demonstrating Impacts On Poverty Initiative. Then the floor will be open for coffee organizations to contribute both your current work and current needs to promote exchange and find synergies.

 

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The role of professional farmer groups in delivering living incomes for farmers

Cooperatives can be an effective tool in supporting smallholders to access markets and achieve a living income. How can farmer organizations best provide viable trade and high-quality services for their members? What tools can supply chain partners use to support this process? This public webinar explores these processes, and examine how these groups can work more effectively. Speakers are Masha Middelbeek (SCOPEinsight), Mark Blackett (AMEA Network/ Rikolto) and Dieter Fischer (IFC).

 

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The gender perspective 

In order to close the income gap, a combination of strategies is needed. This webinar focuses on women’s empowerment to improve income and resource allocation within a household. It discusses outcomes of recent studies done by Anna Laven of the Royal Tropical Institute KIT on intra-household dynamics of cocoa farmers in Côte d’Ivoire and what can be done from a gender perspective in order to reach a living income. 

 

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Competition law

Competition law, despite protecting consumers from issues such as price fixing, has been found to significantly hamper discussing price when it comes to thinking about improving incomes for impoverished smallholder farmers. Using two recently published papers which explore the topic, David Taylor (Fairtrade Foundation), Peter Möhringer (Fairtrade Deutschland) and Don Deville (Sustainable food Lab) frame a debate on the issue of competition law in the context of living income.

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Pricing mechanisms in the cocoa sector, options to reduce price volatility and promote farmer value

 

Jan Willem Molenaar presents findings from research done by Aidenvironment and Sustainable Food Lab on ‘Pricing mechanisms in the cocoa sector: options to reduce price volatility and promote farmer value capture’. He shares the models explored in the paper as well as the main conclusions and recommendations to move towards improved cross-sectoral price and supply management. The webinar then focuses in on one specific pricing mechanisms being used by Oikocredit and partners to train farmer organizations to manage price risk. Hugo Villela from Oikocredit shares the pillars of their Price Risk Management initiative, and the learning on factors to enable farmer organizations to successfully implement PRM.

 

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Calculating the true price of food, the case of coffee

The Impact Institute has pioneered an approach to calculating the ‘true cost’ of raw materials that account for social and environmental factors typically externalized in commodity pricing. They have worked with the Anker methodology to also link this method to the concept of living incomes in several value chains. Andrea Rusman from the Impact Institute presents their work to calculate the true price of coffee. Joel Brounen, Colombia Country Director for Solidaridad offers his thoughts on the use of the research for their work on sustainable coffee.

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Organic cotton trading models

Organic agriculture can be a “force for good” and is considered the gold standard mode of production. However, an open conversation about the price and trade of organic cotton is urgently needed. This webinar shares the intentions and key findings behind Kering and Textile Exchange’s report ‘A world beyond certification – A best practices guide for organic cotton trading models’ which provides insight on the subject. The implications of the models for other sectors around smallholder income improvement is also discussed.

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Role of sustainability standard systems in living income strategies

This webinar explores the potential benefits and limitations of the various elements of the standards' system model for contributing both to increased farmer incomes and to multi-stakeholder partnerships in pursuit of living income. The session showcases a range of ISEAL members’ case studies that capture how standards’ systems are currently innovating and experimenting with new approaches in order to increase their effectiveness in this regard.

 

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Indonesia benchmark and actions to close the income gap in rubber growing regions

This webinar showcases the findings from a Living Income study conducted by GIZ in Kapuas Hulu (Indonesia), where rubber is grown. Aidenvironment has then done a follow-up study to highlight the role that different actors could play in closing the income gap. Friederike Martin from GIZ and Jan-Willem Molenaar from Aidenvironment discuss how data collected can be used to closing the income gap

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Smallholder data, insights and action

Corinne Riquet from CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor) provides an overview of the smallholder household study recently conducted by CGAP in Cote D’Ivoire. In the second part of the webinar Julie Greene, from Olam, discusses how CGAP study insights have been used to inform a collaborative study on mobile finance solutions. This partnership aims to explore the feasibility of digitizing payments and additional financial services for farmers, helping them to improve their savings and livelihood investments in the process.

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Stakeholder levers for addressing income gaps

One of the key pillars of the Living Income Community of Practice is to explore methods for addressing gaps between living income benchmarks and existing incomes for smallholders. Join The Sustainable Food Lab and Business Fights Poverty as they present on their exciting, recently published, collaborative paper on levers for stakeholders to pull in order to raise incomes to a decent level.

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Closing Income Gaps - How do investors address living income?

Poverty is often identified as a significant driver of child labour practices across the globe. Join Stina Nilsson from GES International as she discusses their new report 'Combatting child labour in cocoa – investor expectations and corporate good practice' and talks on how GES coordinates collaborative engagements among institutional investors towards the cocoa industry to address income gaps and consequently child labour.

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Malawi Tea 2020 & GIZ 'Fast Track' study on living and actual income

Learn more about a recent study on living income conducted by GIZ under the umbrella of the Malawi Tea 2020 partnership. This partnership brings together the organizations who can deliver the changes required to achieve a competitive and profitable Malawian tea industry where workers earn a living wage and smallholders earn a living income.

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Closing income gaps - an insight from the cocoa sector

Antonie Fountain from the VOICE Network discusses the viable options to raise farm gate prices to the level that allows farmers to escape structural poverty and attain a living income. The VOICE Network has published a consultation paper on this topic and this was an opportunity to understand the key points raised in the paper and how the sector can act on this critical component of closing the gap between actual and living incomes.

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Measuring income - What income? For what purpose?

Many wondering if and how companies and organizations can effectively measure income gains and improvements beyond adoption of good agricultural practices. This webinar focuses on approaches to identifying and measuring incomes, and includes a presentation from Julie Peachey, from IPA, who provides an overview and update on the Progress out of Poverty Index (PPI). Furthermore Manfred Borer, Country Director of SwissContact, presents on how the foundation has used the PPI in their data collection for their country-wide Sustainable Cocoa Production Programme in Indonesia. 

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Fair Price Methodology

In this webinar, Ruud Bronkhorst from the InfoBridge Foundation presents methodology how to calculate ‘fair’ prices for agricultural products originating from smallholders. The focus is on the important role of market prices that prevent the farmer to achieve a Living Income and showing how ‘fair’ prices can be calculated and used, on the basis of grains in Burkina Faso.

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Cocoa Action Farmer Economic Model

In this webinar, Manuel Kiewisch from World Cocoa Foundation and Will Saab from New Foresight present the CocoaAction Farm Economics Model, which provides answers to two important questions: 'What constitutes a viable farm economy for cocoa farmers?' and 'What is the expected impact of farm-level interventions, such as good agricultural practices, on the farmer’s business?'

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Household economy approach - Rainforest Alliance

This living income webinar focuses on the topic of the 'household economy approach', with a baseline cocoa study being presented by Jessi Grillo, Senior Manager, Livelihoods and Social Science, Rainforest Alliance, to illustrate the use of this approach. It also provides updates on progress and next steps.

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Workshop Key Messages and Next Steps

Following on from our successful workshop held in London in June 2016 on Operationalizing the Living Income concept, this webinar looks at what key messages emerged from the day and what our next steps should be to take this work forward.

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Training researchers - the experience of the Living Wage Coalition

Michelle Bhattacharyya, Coordinator of the Global Living Wage Coalition, shares the experience of the Coalition training researchers to do consistent and credible Living Wage Benchmarks. 

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Income and pricing approaches - Fairtrade international

In our recent discussions in the Living Income webinar series, one of the topics that has garnered the most interest is how to use information from a living income benchmark to inform decisions about product pricing. In this webinar, Fairtrade International shares how Fairtrade is approaching this issue, presenting examples from work to date. This presentation kicks off with a discussion about some of the key methodological and operational issues faced when using living income to inform pricing.

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Calculating a living income: where we stand on a review of options

In this webinar, Kristin Komives reviews the 2015 discussions about approaches to calculating a living income, summarizes options on the table, and highlights the issues that still remain to be resolved. She looks in particular detail about the Anker living wage methodology and to what extent information generated in calculating living wages with this methodology could be used for living income calculations. A goal of the webinar is to spark discussion about next steps to take in testing or evaluating approaches.

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Calculating living income benchmarks - Heifer International

Webinar No. 5 of the Living Income Webinar Series delivered on 08 December 2015.

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The Uses of the Living Income concept

Webinar delivered on 10 November 2015.

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Measuring household incomes of small farmers, and farm economic modelling

Webinar No. 3 of the Living Income Webinar Series. Delivered by COSA on 13 October 2015.

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Webinar 3: Measuring Household Incomes of Small Farmers and Farm Economic Modeling Slides

Generic Example for Calculating Household Income by GIZ

Webinar No. 2 of the Living Income Webinar Series delivered on 8 September 2015.

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Living Income Recap Presentation by GIZ

Webinar No. 1 of the Living Income Webinar Series delivered on 14 July 2015. Presentation by GIZ.

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