World Agriculture Watch

WAW International Workshop, December 2017


Representatives of farming organizations and governments from partner countries – El Salvador, Madagascar, Niger, Senegal, Tunisia and Viet Nam – participated in WAW International Workshop hosted by IFAD from 19 to 20 December 2017. The workshop gave participants the opportunity to share lessons learned during the WAW pilot phase and discuss means of providing more effective support to countries in dealing with farm data collection and analysis.

At the end of the trial phase, because of WAW’s participative approach, all of the pilot countries opted to set up national observatories to document the transformation of their farming sector, with a particular focus on family farms. All of the participants recognized the added value of the conceptual framework, which reconciles the structural dimension of farming activities with the outcome of diverse on- and off-farm activities undertaken by family members. Consequently, WAW considers its conceptual and methodological framework to have been successfully tested in its six partner countries and ready to be developed in other countries.


Workshop Program – Day 1

19 December

Day 1 – Reflections on the WAW learnings and partnerships perspectives





Session 1

9:00 – 9:30


Opening and Overview

8:00 – 8:50



9:00 – 9:05

Welcoming remarks

Ashwani Muthoo, IFAD

9:05 – 9:10

Eduardo Mansur, FAO

9:10 – 9:30

Overview of the WAW Initiative, background and objectives of the Workshop

Pierre-Marie Bosc, FAO

Session 2

9:30 – 10:45


WAW Lessons Learned

9:30 – 9:45

WAW Lessons from Senegal

Sylvie da Silva

9:45 – 10:00

WAW Lessons from Niger

Idé Yacouba

10:00 – 10:15

WAW Lessons from Vietnam

Minh Huy Hoang

10:15 – 10:45

Facilitated discussion

Verena Wilke, FAO

Coffee break

10:45 – 11:00

Coffee Break


Session 2

11:00 – 12:10


WAW Lessons Learned (cont.)

11:00 – 11:15

Lessons from El Salvador

Yessica Sanchez Abrego

11:15 – 11:30

Lessons from Tunisia

Mongi Sghaier / Salem Talbi

11:30 – 11:45

Lessons from Madagascar

Nirina Bakonirina Rabevohitra

11:45 – 12:10

Facilitated discussion

Verena Wilke, FAO

Lunch Break

12:10 – 14:00

Lunch break


Session 3

14:00 – 14:50


Farmer Organizations and their Information Systems



Open Discussion

with Panel



CAPAD Burundi

Richard Ndikumana

Pakisama Philippines


Violeta P. Corral

CNCR Senegal

Yoro Idrissa Thioye

Change of Panel




Session 4

15:00 – 16:00


Open Discussion on potential collaboration with other Initiatives




Facilitated discussion




Land Observatories and potential synergies with WAW

Eva Hershaw, ILC

Tools to support evidence-based decision-making on agroecology

Maryam Rahmanian, FAO

Family farms’ registries in Latin America

Francesco Pierri, FAO

Mapping informal/invisible markets

Florence Tartanac, FAO

Using farm typology for better focused analysis

Neli Giorgieva, FAO

Coffee break

16:00 – 16:10

Coffee Break


Session 5

16:10 – 17:00


General Discussion




Facilitated discussion

Reflections on the Pilot phase

achievements, challenges and next steps



Workshop Program – Day 2


20 December

Day 2 – Way forward





Session 6

9:00 – 10:00


The way forward

9:00 – 9:15

Introduction: Perspectives

Summary of Day 1

PierreMarie Bosc, WAW

9:15 – 9:30

WAW perspectives in Tunisia

Talbi Salem &       Mongi Sghaier

9:30 – 9:45

WAW perspectives in Vietnam

Minh Huy Hoang

9:45 – 10:00

WAW perspectives in Niger

Yacouba Ide

Coffee break

10:00 – 10:10

Coffee break


Session 7

10:10 – 11:20


The way forward   (cont.)

10:10 – 10:25

WAW perspectives in Senegal

Mamadou Diallo

10:25 – 10:40

WAW perspectives in El Salvador

Francisco Márquez

10:40 – 10:55

WAW perspectives in Madagascar

Onivola Ratsaramiarina

10:55 – 11-10

Regional perspectives in Asia


Esther Penunia, Asian Farmer Association.

11:10 – 11:25

Regional perspectives Africa

Nadjirou Sall,          Réseau des organisations paysannes et de producteurs de l'Afrique de l'Ouest

Session 8

11:25 – 12:10

What next?

11:25 – 12:00

Discussion: How to move forward?

Verena Wilke

12:00 – 12:10

Wrap-up and closing remarks

WAW Coordinator


Watch here a video from Asian Farmers’ Association (AFA) talking about family farming and WAW potential in the region.

Watch here an interview with Nirina Bakonirina Rabevohitra and Gérard Andriamandimby, Réseau des Observatoires Ruraux, Madagascar.

Watch here an interview with Richard Ndikumana, CAPAD, Burundi.

Watch here an interview with Mongi Sghaier, Ministry of Agriculture, Tunisia.

Watch here an interview with Pierre Marie Bosc, Coordinator of the World Agricultures Watch Initiative.

Watch here an interview with Julie Flament, Collectif Stratégies Alimentaires (CSA).

Watch here an interview with Eva Hershaw, International Land Coalition (ILC).

Watch here an interview with Nadjirou Sall, ROPPA, West Africa.

Read here the web story of the WAW International Workshop.

Pictures of the event are available here.