Evidensia learning event | Addressing smallholder poverty: the role of sustainability standards

There are an estimated 500 million smallholder farmer families globally, many of whom make up a large portion of the world’s poor. With 2030 fast approaching, achieving SDG 1’s target of eradicating extreme poverty for all people necessitates addressing smallholder poverty with urgency. This Evidensia learning event, in partnership with IISD (International Institute for Sustainable Development) and the Living Income Community of Practice, explores what role voluntary sustainability standards can play in achieving this and how.

It will share insights from IISD’s new review on Standards and Poverty Reduction that examines the criteria of 13 widely adopted global voluntary standards, reviews the latest evidence of standards in practice, and learnings from stakeholder interviews conducted jointly with UNCTAD across six commodity value chains countries in Africa, Latin America, and Asia. We’ll explore questions such as:

To what extent do leading voluntary agricultural standards include poverty in their standards’ scope? How can we leverage the role of vss to do better on poverty reduction and enhance producer voice and empowerment?

We’ll also explore how living income strategies can enhance opportunities and improve smallholder resilience and hear from community representatives and practitioners working in this space on how they can partner with business and government to drive pro-poor impact.

Our speakers will include the lead researchers from IISD wrote this report. We’ll also be joined by practitioners from sustainability schemes, producer organisations and intergovernmental organisations to talk through solutions and steps for action.