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Our Strategy

The goal of World Agriculture Watch (WAW) is to generate and disseminate better knowledge on and understanding of rural and agricultural transformations and their impacts on sustainable development, so that national and international stakeholders can be in a better position to embrace dialogues and policies, taking into account the specific stakes of different types of farmers, notably the most vulnerable ones.

To achieve that, WAW core outcome will be a dynamic platform for knowledge generation, exchange and dissemination on structural agrarian transformations. It will be based on the development of an agile network of observatories and technical partners sharing a common methodological framework, with increased capacities to monitor agrarian transformations in an increasing range of transformation contexts across North and South.


The WAW strategy is based on two phases.

The phase 1 from 2011 to 2013 used resources consolidated from IFAD, FAO and France. The main achievements are:

  1. develop and test a core aspect of the methodological framework, the “ typology of holdings” and its associated set of indicators in a few countries including 3 pilot observatory (Madagascar, Vietnam and Nicaragua). This phase has notably been supported through an IFAD Grant. You can consult the final report of this project establishing the roots of the WAW methodology;
  2. consolidate collaborative action plan for 2013-2015, through appropriate partnership and funding mobilization.

The phase 2 pertaining to the biennium 2014-2015 aims at developing and testing the core outputs proposed in WAW framework (full methodological framework and associated toolbox, extension of the observatories, scaling out of the partnerships,  thematic studies, etc.).

  1. With initial support from FAO, IFAD, France and CIRAD, an international typology has been developed, tested and put into debates with partners from Madagascar, Vietnam, Malawi, Nicaragua, Brazil, Argentina and France.
  2. Results of this international typology were presented along international events and publications. They provided active contributions to the International Year of Family Farming, which created an International Working Group on criteria for definitions and typologies of family farms and to world program of agricultural census (WCA 2020). The need of a typology based approach is increasingly recognized at the international level (HLPE 2013, COAG 2014), and in an increasing range of countries.
  3. The priority in 2015 is to scale out the initiative around a consolidated toolkit to be developed with partners, along field work and collaboration with global statistical initiatives.).
  4. The WAW Secretariat, at the end of the phase 2, intends to organize a final evaluation and hold an international workshop to decide on the future phase and its strategic orientation. This workshop will take stock and look forward through a  thorough analysis of the achievements of the outcomes by and with partners, members of the steering committee and scientific committee, as well as proposed actions for a consolidating next phase.
Last updated on November 13th, 2014