Webinar on monitoring sustainability performance in agriculture
Thursday, June 4, 2015
The latest approaches to monitoring sustainability in agricultural supply chains was the latest free webinar presented by WDI. The hour-long webinar, “Monitoring Sustainability Performance in Food & Agriculture Systems,” was on June 25 and included a Q&A at the end with the guest presenters, Daniele Giovannucci and Jessica Mullan, Committee on Sustainability Assessment (COSA).
This webinar was part of WDI’s “Power of Poverty Assessment” series of free, ongoing webinars. Each webinar showcases the latest work of WDI and its partners in the poverty reduction and impact assessment sectors.
“Performance monitoring is a powerful tool for informing decision-making in real time,” said Heather Esper, WDI Program Manager for Performance Measurement. “More and more businesses as well as funders are interested in developing and strengthening such feedback loops in order to improve the agility of learning.”
The mission of COSA is to advance sustainability in agriculture via partnerships and learning. Giovannucci is president and co-founder; Mullan is monitoring program coordinator.
The two discussed the process of performance monitoring, and highlighted examples from their global work with diverse companies and organizations that use performance monitoring data.
Performance monitoring offers fast results at a low cost, which makes it particularly suitable for understanding sustainability performance in areas with limited capacity or resources for learning or assessment. It also is an optimal management tool for projects or investments, integrating vital information into real-time dashboards to improve decision-making.