Knowledge Management (Decision-making Tools)
Given the impact of Voluntary Sustainability Standards (VSSs), at both the market and production level, it is increasingly important for policy-makers to have tools to understand and evaluate if and how they can use VSSs to achieve their sustainability and development goals (whether at the policy or project level).
This draft Decision-Making Tool Kit on Voluntary Sustainability Standards is designed to help provide information on VSSs to policy-makers and project managers and to provide guidance for them to evaluate, based on their particular situation, how VSSs can be utilized. This draft is only in the beginning stages and a process of consultation and validation with key policy-makers will be conducted to adapt the tool to the real needs of the end-users. As well, a more simplified interactive, web-based tool is being developed (as explained below) to facilitate use and accessibility of this information.
The attached document: Agricultural Sustainability & Planning Toolkit consists of the following 4 modules:
Module I: Agricultural sustainability, governance and standards systems
- A1. Introduction to Sustainability of agrarian sectors
- A2. Sustainable agricultural development
- A3. Policy instruments to promote sustainable agriculture
- A4. Explanation of production standards and certification
- A5. Cases studies
Module II: Multi-stakeholder processes
- B1. Sector chain analysis/Multi-stakeholder identification at sector level/actor mapping
- B2. Identification of costs and benefits of policy instruments for promoting sustainability
Module III: Decision-Tree tool
Module IV: Needs Assessment Document
- D1. Identification of the existing GAPs between the ideal sustainability situation of a certain sector and the existing reality.
- D2. Stepping plan (ie. To reach sustainability certification in a certain sector than do steps 1, 2, 3)
- D3 Gender in agriculture
Module III: Decision-Tree tool consists of an interactive web-tool of which a document is included (called Decision Tree Survey System) with an explanation on the software plus the screen shots to show what it is. A full tool will be developed once further consultations have occurred and the tool is tested with the users. The software developer (Rudy Avila, separately funded) is also developing 2 instruction manuals; a separate manual on how to use the tool is developed for both the administrator and the user of the system.
The web-based tool will then be finalized when the content and methodology has been improved through the consultation process and an attractive design will be done on the final version to make it more user-friendly and appealing.
For more information, please contact: Christopher Wunderlich