The secretariat is composed of Marie-Aude Even, Senior technical Officer, and Jean-François Giovannetti, Programme Coordinator. They are seconded by the French Government, as a support to this International Initiative aiming at an improved policy dialogue on structural changes in Agriculture and its impact on Food Security and sustainable development. The WAW Secretariat is responsible for day to day management of activities.
It works under the supervision of a steering committee. During the first phase of the Project, an interim steering committee has been appointed with initial donors and shall be revised along progress of implementation and consultation of partners. It is led by FAO and comprises of FAO (NRL director), IFAD (SSD Director), France (French Representation), CIRAD (Director of ES department). This committee meets once to twice a year to monitor overall project implementation, agrees on overall plan of work and budget (PoW&B), as well as key directions and support for partnership. The steering committee relies on the scientific advisory committee (SAC) recommendations, and shall include the President of this SAC.
The SAC is not an evaluating body, but it provides overall guidance over strategic and scientific direction and impulse scientific and technical collaborations through networks. According to need, the scientific advisory committee will recommend peer review process to ensure the quality of the methodological framework and material produced. A revision of its function at the end of the methodological framework test (phase 1) could be explored and a recommendation could be discussed to transform, if appropriated, the scientific advisory committee in a multi-stakeholders advisory board, more representative of the diverse set of WAW users and partners (notably to include policy maker, civil society, private sector, observatory representative, etc).
The April 2012 Stakeholders Consultation recommended that the global institutional setting of the Initiative and its related WAW Charter will be proposed and discussed at the end of the second phase of implementation allowing collective thinking about the inclusion of stakeholders and regional dimension in the governance. For the mean time, the committees shall remain as small as possible in order to make it more flexible and reduce transaction costs.
An annual general meeting gathering all key members and partners of WAW will be held to revise activities done and planned, along the overall framework of action and methodological framework. A first version of this general meeting was held on the Stakeholders Consultation in April 2012.