Nature of the partnership

The partnership is open to any organisation committed to SHARP’s objectives. Implicit in these objectives is the sharing of relevant information on their work with smallholders.

SHARP partners work together to build capacity for smallholder engagement, align around common solutions, exchange information and form public-private partnerships to bring together the resources, the knowledge, skills and capacity to realise change at scale.

Any SHARP partner can put forward ideas to help meet SHARP objectives and lead the development of projects to implement these ideas. The SHARP Secretariat exists to support such initiatives by helping to convene partners and share lessons learned.

Structure, roles and responsibilities

All SHARP Partners

Contribute to ongoing learning and development on SHARP themes according to the specific interests of each partner:

  • Share lessons learned of implementing SHARP tools, including the RSS and HCV for smallholders, in order to help further improve the tools.
  • Launch new ideas, initiate the development of further tools and initiate collaboration to work on solutions. related to supporting responsible smallholder production.
  • Channel inputs through SHARP practitioner groups wherever appropriate.

Support uptake and scale up of RSS and HCV for smallholder approach through awareness raising, development of training materials and building global capacity for implementation.

Seek to integrate SHARP tools and approaches in their own programmes, projects and working practices.

Develop models that help mobilise resources from companies along the supply chains to support smallholders in responsible production.

Identify emerging issues and themes they wish to see addressed by the partnership as a whole, or for discussion between individual partners.

Look for opportunities to use partnership in their local contexts, with or without direct involvement of the SHARP Secretariat.

SHARP Practitioner Group(s)

Convened to respond to common interests of certain SHARP partners in a specific issue or theme, or around the application of a given SHARP tool or approach.

On the issue, theme, approach in question:

    • Exchange ideas and practical experience
    • Facilitate ongoing learning, consolidation of lessons
    • Coordinate/plan for future cooperation between SHARP partners
    • Conceptualise new tools and approaches and/or adaptations or improvement to existing ones.

SHARP Advisory Committee

General purpose of this committee is to support the ongoing development of the partnership.

Specific roles:

  • Strategic advice, notably in review and development of future strategy for the SHARP Partnership.
  • Technical advice to guide the work of the SHARP Secretariat, which may include review of effectiveness and efficiency of individual SHARP tools and approaches.
  • A source of specialist knowledge and political perspectives on emerging/changing agendas in their respective sectors (business, social, environmental).
  • Networking and disseminating information, on behalf of the partnership generally and the Secretariat in particular.
  • Acting as think-tank, proposing and reflecting ideas between each other to generate proposals for new initiatives.

SHARP Secretariat

Convenes partners to work together on:

  • Developing tools and approaches that can help companies to manage risks to sustainable sourcing while supporting smallholders to continuously improve production practices and livelihood security.
  • Scaling up the implementation of such tools and approaches and integrate their application with new and existing initiatives

Reviews and adapts tools based on lessons learned and feedback from partners Share lessons learned and promotes mutual learning, including building common understanding on good practice in smallholder supplier engagement.

The SHARP Secretariat is hosted by Proforest Initiative.