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Webinar: ISEAL members collective reporting efforts - findings and learnings
<p>ISEAL member schemes have collaborated on shared reporting since 2011. In this webinar, ISEAL presents the key findings and learnings from two recently published collaborative collective reporting projects. <br /> The first of these focusses on the issue of multiple certification in the coffee and cocoa sectors - better understand to what extent farmers are certified by one or more ISEAL member scheme, to identify key characteristics of multiple certified certificate holders, and to examine regional and commodity-specific patterns in multiple certification. The analysis only considers the overlap of four ISEAL member schemes (Rainforest Alliance, UTZ, Fairtrade International, and Global Coffee Platform ) and is based on 2015 certificate level data from the four schemes that was centralized in a common database. The second briefing focusses on the geographical reach and presence of seven ISEAL member agricultural standards. Drawing on data collected by FiBL from the schemes, we analyse trends from 2011-2015 on the growth, geographical spread and presence of these seven schemes across seven commodity sectors. The webinar explores ISEAL efforts at ‘collective reporting’ through both these approaches, the challenges faced and the potential opportunities ahead to continue such efforts.</p> <p>This ISEAL members' only webinar took place on Thursday, February 14th, 2019, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM GMT.</p>
Report on lessons learnt about research design and methods
This methodological paper from ISEAL shares insights and lessons learned from three ongoing impact evaluations that completed their baseline in 2016 and are due for end line evaluation in 2019. These baseline studies are part of the Demonstrating and Improving Poverty Impacts project and were undertaken in the cotton sector in India and the coffee sector in Kenya and Indonesia. This paper attempts to address fundamental conceptual questions that arise in the course of designing and undertaking impact evaluations of sustainability standards and to share cross-cutting learning from how the DIPI evaluations addressed them. These include questions such as: What is the role of theory-based evaluation in this field? How do we understand and study ‘treatment’ in the context of standards? What are selection effects and why should they matter? What constitutes credible counterfactuals? How and when can randomisation be achieved? What is meant by mixed methods? We focus on these questions as we consider them to be fundamental concepts that every impact evaluation in this field will encounter, irrespective of standard, sector or geography. A focus on these questions will also help strengthen the approach and robustness of impact evaluations undertaken by standards. The observations in this methods learning paper are targeted primarily at standards systems, and specifically their monitoring and evaluation (M&E) teams, but it is hoped that researchers and others will find it a useful read. Ultimately, our hope is that this is not read as a paper purely about methods and approaches to evaluation but helps understand the systems that we attempt to evaluate at a more fundamental level.
Research Webinar 23: Environmental-economic benefits and trade-offs on certified coffee farms
Research webinar with Jeremy Haggar (Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich) and Gabriela Soto (Committee on Sustainability Assessment) on the environmental and economic benefits and trade-offs on certified coffee farms. This webinar presented on Wednesday 29th November 2017 looks at findings on economic and environmental outcomes on certified coffee farms in Nicaragua and economic outcomes in Costa Rica and Guatemala, evaluated using the COSA assessment framework. It also explores how certification outcomes vary relative to the typology of farms that participate and the country the farm is based in, as well as how far price premiums can mitigate the significant trade-off between income and on-farm tree diversity.
Research Webinar 22: Impacts of certification in cotton in India and Pakistan
Research webinar with Peter Lund-Thomsen from Copenhagen Business School on the effects of certification on farmers’ incomes, workers’ conditions and environmental pollution on cotton farms in India and Pakistan. This webinar, held on 16th November 2017, analyzes the effects of Better Cotton Initiative on farmers’ incomes, workers’ conditions and environmental pollution on cotton farms in the provinces of Sindh and Punjab, Pakistan and the states of Punjab and Gujarat, India. It uses a multi-scalar approach to look at effects at farm-level, local-level, state-level and national-level and explore to what extent these differences can be understood in relation to how cotton growing regions are tied into global production networks, pre-existing institutional support networks, and the varied geographical and climatic conditions in which the projects are located.