On August 5th-6th, a workshop was held to train on and test the Agricultural Sustainability and Planning Toolkit. The workshop took place in Antigua, Guatemala.
The objective of the workshop was to receive input from policy and decision-makers in order to further develop and validate the final draft of the Agricultural Sustainability Planning Toolkit and Decision-Making Tool .
The workshop was aimed at Decision‐makers (public policy and program managers) mainly from Guatemala. The event was organized and presented by the Sustainable Commodity Assistance Network (SCAN) and was financed by BID-FOMIN. The development of the Agricultural Sustainability Planning Toolkit was financed by IFAD and the Toolkit was developed by Chris Wunderlich, Brigitte Cerfontaine and Sjoerd Panhuijsen.
The 25 participants included all sorts of decision-makers from governmental organizations (Ministry of Agriculture, Mancomunidades), International organizations (such as IFAD and BID), and NGOs (Solidaridad, Emprende Sur, Choluteca Honduras, Adimam, FECEGG, Agexport; cluster de cacao) and others.
The participants were guided through the planning process by participatory exercises leading to discussion and agreements on the toolkit. Some of the exercises included cost analysis for certification, analysis of case studies on sustainable sectors, roleplay on multi-certification processes, amongst others. And of course the implementation of the software for the Decision-Making tool.
At the end of the workshop the participants evaluated and validated the Agricultural Sustainability Planning Toolkit based on a questionnaire that was filled in by each institution. The results were as follows:
Some additional comments from participants were:
- Implement this toolkit together with our monitoring and evaluation format within our organization, we don’t have a software like this. This toolkit is important to us, and we appreciate you providing us with this tool.
- The application of this tool is valuable at different levels from an incidental intervention to solve a specific constraint, to the identification of the potential of a group, from both an actor and a set of actors.
- A process of monitoring and support for those interested in implementing this tool, especially in the software application would be welcome.
The workshop participants concluded that the planning toolbox was very useful for their organization and most participants stated that they are going to train their staff and implement the software in their PM/E system. The document is available for download below and instruction videos on the software will be available as well.
The software can be implemented on request. If you are interested in receiving a demo, please contact Brigitte Cerfontaine at email@example.com
Agricultural Sustainability Planning Toolkit (in Spanish)