Event: Global Methodological Workshop
The Hague, The Netherlands
Feb 6 - Feb 10
Participants: Asociación ANDES, CTDT and SEARICE, Plant Resources Center Vietnam, Mekong Delta Development Research Institute Vietnam, National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute Lao P.D.R., Metta Foundation Myanmar and  Oxfam Novib (organizing participant)


From the 6th until the 10th of February, SD=HS partners come together in The Hague, The Netherlands for the Global Methodological Workshop.

For a complex and highly diverse Program as SD=HS, it is important for the partners to work within a common global framework and to compare and aggregate results and share valuable lessons. The SD=HS Program is guided by participatory and empowering framework that starts with what people know and need, that is driven by their deepest interests. The Program recognizes that communities are non-egalitarian and socially differentiated. Hence, this requires approaches and tools to manage these differentiations to ensure that the poorest and the most marginalized are actively engaged in setting the programs agenda and objectives.

In the first 3 years, tools have been refined, tested and implemented in the context of changing socio-economic, cultural, market and agro-ecological conditions that create new challenges and opportunities to farmers. This mid-term methodological workshop will take place with two more years ahead of program implementation to further develop and fine-tune the interventions and continue to gather and aggregate results.

The mid-term Global methodological workshop aims to bring together SD=HS partners working in Peru, Zimbabwe, Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar, to share their experiences and lessons in the use of the tools (e.g. the baseline surveys and the Farmer Field School curricula), assess and improve these engendered community-based methodologies in relation to Program design, better understand human-crop relationships, harmonize monitoring systems and celebrate achievements.

The most important output of SD=HS, aside from its direct impact achieved with project partners, are the methodologies, approaches and tools which should be replicable by all stakeholders with a similar development agenda.

The SD=HS partners are looking forward to this gathering and to discuss the progress and course of the Program.