Workshop Design (The US example)

The SAM workshop for the US will involve a variety of stakeholders in the US with two major goals:

  1. Using the initial results of SAM, develop a narrative for agriculture development in the US; & explain trajectories of policies, tech. shifts, demographic patterns & other factors affecting agriculture over the past decades. Do SAM indicators reflect this narrative?
  2. Identify priority areas for improving indicators & associated analysis.

This workshop is part of the project funded by the Belmont Forum, & is among the six cases that will be co-developed by scientists & stakeholders in six countries/regions (i.e., Austria, Brazil, South Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Turkey, & the United States of America).

Workshop Outline

The workshop consists of three two-hour sessions (in December 2021, February 2022, and August 2022). While it is preferred for participants to attend all three sessions, we can discuss potential options if you have to miss one. Session topics are as follows:

  1. Indicator trends & performance. We will first provide an overview of the SAM indicators, & then discuss key points & observations from SAM assessment for the US.
  2. Trade-offs & synergies. We will delve into a discussion regarding observed trade-offs & synergies amongst indicators & their implications for policy & technology solutions in the US.
  3. Next Steps. We will use collated feedback from the first two sessions to guide discussion of SAM’s accuracy & future development of SAM indicators & associated tools.

The US workshop follows a 3 session format whereby each session lasts 2 hours and are facilitated in a virtually. Sessions cover unique products of the SAM Assessment.