Workshop Set 1 (Monday October 2nd, 9:00 – 12:00)

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1a Forests, farms and livelihoods: The scale, scope, and rights matter

Facilitator: Jeffrey Campbell (FAO)


Specific aims of the workshop

  • Provide a platform to discuss the opportunities and challenges in estimating aggregate numbers and values attributed to small-scale forest and agricultural producers at national and global level and correlate them with rights of the producers to better illuminate how to direct support and measure impact of small producers on SDGs and climate mitigation and adaptation.
  • Share the efforts being made by FAO’s Forest and Farm Facility, IIED and IUCN for estimating the aggregate numbers above and correlation with rights.
  • Discuss the strategies for using existing data and generating more reliable data to influence decision-makers, specifically around correlating tenure, use and enterprise rights of small producers with a range of outcomes of relevance to Sustainable Development Goals, Climate Mitigation and Adaptation to direct policy and investment measures to more effectively benefit the small-scale agricultural and forest producers.

Agenda with specific activities

Session 1 (90 minutes)

  • Introduction and setting the scene.
  • The key results from the Expert Workshop ‘’Small, but many is big: The scale and scope of smallholder forest and farm production and micro and small/medium scale enterprises’’ (22-23 June, 2017 in FAO)
  • Upcoming publication on the scale and scope of small-scale agricultural and forest producers and the implications of rights on positive outcomes for small.
  • Emerging opportunities and tools and approaches relevant for scaling up the work on small-scale forest and farm producers and of better understanding and analysis of the importance of rights based approaches to positive outcomes.
  • Question and answers

Session 2 (75 minutes)

  • Group discussion on harmonizing a definition of small-scale agricultural and forest producers and on how to frame correlations between rights and social, economic and ecological outcomes.
  • Facilitated discussion: creating a data platform, producing joint publications, integrating efforts to generate new data, preparing jointly proposals for funding etc. on correlating rights based approaches with impact of small agricultural and forest producers on positive outcomes related to SDGs and Climate mitigation and adaptation.
  • Wrapping up

Key knowledge, tool, skills presented and acquired by participants

  • Knowledge gaps and tools and approaches to take best advantage of emerging opportunities in data gathering and analysis on the scale and scope of contribution of small agricultural and forest producers and how to correlate outcomes of rights based approaches for small producers with outcomes on sustainable development goals, climate mitigation and adaptation etc.
  • Tools like Collect Mobile and innovative survey approaches for more efficient data collection.
  • Issues related to definitions and key elements to be considered for harmonizing the definition of small-scale agricultural and forest producers and their rights, in the context of outcomes related to SDGs and Climate Mitigation and Adaptation.
  • Opportunities around correlating an analysis of information systems relevant to small-scale agricultural and forest producers, with new emerging information on rights, to draw useful conclusions for decision makers on how to unleash small producers’ full potential.

Expected outcomes

  • A clearer understanding of the importance of rights of small agricultural and forest producers and how strengthened rights will further release the globally significant contribution that empowered small scale agricultural and forest producers make to SDGs and climate mitigation and adaptation goals.
  • Possibilities of working together for measuring the scale and scope of contributions of small-scale agricultural and forest producers and correlating rights to ecological, social and economic outcomes.

A publication covering key discussion points including existing data sets, methodologies and emerging approaches related to the scale and scope of contributions of small-scale forest and farm producers and the importance of rights to unleash their full potential to national and globally important goals.

Workshop Set 2 (Monday October 2nd, 13:00 – 16:00)

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2a Design and methods of research with community participation: integrating local ecological knowledge, practices and worldviews in resources use and management planning

Facilitator: Fernanda Ayaviri Matuk (Wageningen University – Netherlands/Federal Institute of MG – Brazil)


Specific Aims of the Workshop:

  • Allow critical understanding of the ethics and implications of brokerage for academics and practitioners that work (directly or not) with landscape and other approaches associated to community-based resource use and management, as part of  policies or NGO/academic;
  • Share examples of approaches implemented with peasants, indigenous etc. to address environmental conservation and food sovereignty, and problematize challenges/potentials of participatory research;
  • Provide knowledge on design and methodological practice of participatory research to assess and incorporate local knowledge, practices and worldviews (k-p-w assemblage) embedded in community resources and territorial/landscape dynamics into project/policy implementation;
  • Facilitate circles of conversation and activity of research design and participatory methods simulation.

Agenda with specific activities

Session 1 (50 minutes, followed by break of 10 minutes)

  • Presentation of the workshop goals, and introduction of largely emphasized limitations of approaches targeted at communities to: inter-relate project design (theory) with local reality (practice); implement participatory methods in an efficient way; create trust with/amongst stakeholders and counterbalance their mind-sets/needs; and comprehend concepts that underpin landscape dynamics such as territory;
  • Experiences of participatory frameworks (innovation brokerage, ethnoecology and adaptive co-management) implemented with indigenous, marrons and peasants from Brazil, Africa etc., ethics and awareness of non-appropriate brokerage and participatory planning;
  • K-p-w assemblages as key linkage for socioecological and local-to-global dimensions of resource use/management, operationalization of territories and constitution of landscapes;
  • Debating the topics presented in circle of conversation.

Key knowledge, tool, skill to be presented and acquired by participants: critical view on participatory frameworks and policy/project implementation, with focus on landscape approaches; awareness of the social role and responsibility of brokers/scientists;  understanding the k-p-w assemblage within the interplay of social, institutional and ecological dimensions of resource use/management embedded in territory /landscape.

Session 2 (50 minutes, followed by break of 10 minutes)

  • Steps to (re)design participatory research inter-relating theory/models and practice/fieldwork reality along different moment of research conduction (diagnosis, scenery envisioning, strategy planning, monitoring and evaluation); including sampling strategy in face of communities heterogeneity/complexity;
  • Implementation of participatory methods to assess local k-p-w when diagnosing the local context of land use dynamics; envisioning scenarios; co-design action-plans for land use and resource management; v) exchanging and co-producing knowledge;
  • Debating the topics presented in circle of conversation and exchanging personal experiences.

Key knowledge, tool, skill, presented and acquired by participants: constructing trust and horizontal relation with communities; assessing/integrating local k-p-w; implementing semi-structured interview, history timeline, participatory mapping, guided-tours; fuzzy cognitive mapping and Venn diagram; exchanging experiences.

Section 3 (60 minutes)

  • A group work activity will consist on facilitating the formulation of a research design and methodological framework to collect data for hypothetical community contexts and related project/policy. Groups will choose one or two methods to simulate their practice, and will systematize their propositions to presented them to the other participants, and receive constructive evaluation;
  • A round of circle of conversation will allow final clarifications, and evaluation of personal learning and opinion about the workshop.

Key knowledge, tool, skill, presented and acquired by participants: practicing, reflecting and fixing the knowledge obtained, and evaluating the workshop; clarifying questions about the topics encompassed by the workshop; appreciation of the knowledge learned and of the workshop itself.

[CANCELLED] 2b Sharing Research for Impact


[UPDATED] 2b Livelihoods and Well-being app – LivWell

The FLARE Livelihood and Wellbeing (LivWell) Tool: A suite of applications and resources for measuring household livelihoods and wellbeing

Facilitators: Ashwini Chhatre (Indian School of Business), Nabin Pradhan (Indian School of Business), Arun Agrawal (University of Michigan), and James Erbaugh (University of Michigan)


Specific Aims of the Workshop:

This workshop is for academics and practitioners interested in measuring livelihood and wellbeing at the household level, especially in order to gauge the impact of a project intervention. The workshop leaders will provide a “hands-on” introduction and training for the FLARE Livelihoods and Wellbeing (LivWell) Tool. The FLARE LivWell tool provides a streamlined set of questions, implemented using an app-based survey, to measure household livelihood and wellbeing. Users can download and analyze survey data from the LivWell Tool through the online data and analysis platform. This platform provides a set of basic parameters to assist in the basic measurement of livelihood and wellbeing for different geographic areas as well as impact estimation from a given project.

By the end of this session, we envision that each attendee will download, be familiar and comfortable with the LivWell Tool; will have a draft Work Plan for implementing the LivWell Tool in their own data collection settings; and will be able to contribute feedback on how we might improve this instrument for future use. We are excited to be able to offer this inaugural workshop, and we look forward to expanding the FLARE LivWell community. community!


9:00 – 9:10 am: Welcome

9:10 – 9:45 am: The need for and design of the LivWell Tool (Presentation)

9:45-10:15 am: The app-based survey and user manuals (Download app; distribute manuals)

10:15-10:45 am: Downloading, visualizing, and analyzing the data (Interactive tour of platform)

10:45-11:15 am: Overview of a draft Work Plan and sampling basics on a budget

11:15-11:45 pm: Break-Out and Individual Consultation: Developing your Work Plan

11:45-12:00: Conclusion and Feedback

Key knowledge, tool, or skill

This workshop introduces attendees to the FLARE LivWell Tool and trains them on using it for their own purposes to collect, download, visualize, and analyze data for measuring household livelihood and wellbeing.


Attendees will be able to:

  • Use the LivWell Tool, from downloading the app-based survey, querying data online, and using the visualization and analysis platform to receive preliminary results
  • Draft a Work Plan to implement the LivWell Tool in their own sites, focusing on maximizing survey dissemination given budget constraints, writing a sampling protocol, and planning for an enumerator training
  • Provide valuable feedback to the LivWell Team on improving the Tool and become part of the LivWell User Community