structural changes in
informing policy dialogue


From June 2009 up to December 2011, CIRAD had developed a scientific network, which was aiming at making use of existing knowledge concerning changing performance of the different types of agricultural holdings in relation with the economical, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. This network, called “Observatoire des Agricultures du Monde, OAM” started developing a common methodological framework to compare various types of agriculture and place them in perspective. OAM, as a Research Network led by CIRAD, developed during this two years period a first set of documents, which constituted  the conceptual and methodological roots of WAW.

In March 2011, when the World Agriculture Watch secretariat was established in FAO as an International Initiative gathering different partners, besides CIRAD. That facilitated the development of the WAW methodological framework. The WAW stakeholders’ Consultation,  held in April 2012 in Rome, played a key role in this respect.

In February 2013, with the financial support from IFAD and France, and with the technical and scientific support from CIRAD, the WAW Secretariat recruited a team of International Consultants and launched a D-Group of discussion in order to move towards an international Typology of Agricultural Holdings. A first draft of this International Typology of Agricultural Holdings was presented during the WAW May 27 Meeting. This presentation led to the final report of the consultants and prepared the set of national reports on this international typology, produced by Madagascar, Vietnam, France and Nicaragua.

You will find here below, by inverted chronological order all the documents pertaining to the conceptual and methodological framework of  WAW, including the contribution provided by the WAW Pilot Observatories and the WAW Partners.

  • The World Agriculture Watch (WAW) aims to generate and disseminate improved knowledge of rural and agricultural transformations, putting national and international stakeholders in a better position to build dialogue and policy. The WAW will provide a global platform for facilitating the acquisition and sharing of relevant data and information in support of evidence-based decision-making on issues that influence agriculture transformations.
    The project was designed to develop, test and validate the core WAW methodological framework and to propose an international typology of agricultural holdings and their characterization in terms of assets and outcomes.
    (2014). World Agricultures Watch. Methodology and Tests for the World Agriculture Watch.
    Methodology and Tests for the World Agriculture Watch

  • Continuous monitoring of the changing diversity of agricultural holdings to allow more effective participation of disadvantaged stakeholders in influencing policy formulation and planning affecting their livelihood. 

    (2012). World Agricultures Watch. June 2012. Methodological Framework version 2.8

    Methodological Framework v2.8