We proposed to establish a SAM international consortium, a novel network of collaborators who work across the boundaries of disciplines, national borders, and sectors. This transdisciplinary network will address the complex societal problems of pursuing sustainable agriculture by bringing together knowledge from diverse disciplines and stakeholders, including partners from six countries/regions (i.e., USA, Austria, Brazil, Turkey, South Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa) at various stages of economic development and with different natural endowment for agricultural development, providing diverse experiences and challenges to enable co-learning among countries.
Our proposed work is predicated on the theory of change that you cannot manage what you do not measure. Our consortium of country teams will synthesize the measurement data currently available, propose sustainability indicators at national and sub-national scales, and demonstrate how analysis and outreach regarding what has been measured can inform sustainable management going forward. The proposed work addresses both Topic 1 and Topic 2 of this Belmont call, and lays the foundation for a “truly integrated and comprehensive understanding of sustainable development pathways.” We will focus on the following three Work Themes (WT): Application, Analysis, and Dissemination.