The World Agriculture Watch (WAW) is a platform of services, based in FAO, aiming at generating better knowledge on rural and agricultural transformations through an agile network of national Observatories. The hypothesis is that a better understanding of the ongoing structural transformations and their impacts on food security and natural resource management will better inform related policy dialogue and formulation, notably highlighting the need to better take into account the diversity of agricultural holdings and specific roles and stakes of family farms as well as territorial perspectives from a sustainable point of view.
Thus, as a network and a platform of services, WAW will gather and benefit different types of stakeholders who wish to strengthen their understanding of agricultural transformations and which can be interested and involved at various levels.
We distinguish three kinds of stakeholders. Partners are the Members of the WAW Initiative, they are contributing to it, they use the WAW methodology and are keen on providing data, benefiting in exchange of the WAW databases and outcomes of the WAW information system. Associates are collaborating to the production of WAW specific products and services around WAW methodology. They are committed on a short term basis, through any kind of agreement. Beneficiaries are users of WAW results (for instance WAW databases, reports, tools). They are considered as WAW Stakeholders because their assessment of these WAW products and services will be appreciated and taken into account to fine tune the WAW Products and services.
Key WAW partners are, of course, the observatories, based on multi-stakeholders platforms at national levels, rooted in different institutions and contexts and contributing to national policy dialogue. The multi-stakeholders platforms may include notably all the information and knowledge producers, Farmers Organizations, researchers, inter-governmental organizations, policy makers, donors, civil society representatives.
The WAW Initiative first benefited of this existing scientific network established by CIRAD during the launching of the "Observatoire des Agricultures du Monde, OAM". The WAW Secretariat, hosted by FAO in Rome under the Umbrella of an Agreement signed between FAO and CIRAD in February 2011, reinforced some partnerships, such as in Madagascar, and developed new ones, such as in Nicaragua, Vietnam. Other institutions were also involved along WAW different events and notably WAW stakeholders meeting. Based on the overall partnership strategy decided during WAW stakeholders meeting, WAW worked to progressively expand its network at global, regional and country level. Others were later approached at country or regional level and highlighted their interest in joining the WAW Initiative.
Within these partners, some of them are called Pilot Observatories because they have contractual links or commitments with the WAW Secretary and their activities are achieved through a financial support provided or facilitated by WAW (read more on Pilot Observatories).
By browsing the map you will get more information on ongoing activities and state of the art of joined activities partnering national institutions, WAW Secretariat, CIRAD, FAO and IFAD.