CIFOR–ICRAF publishes over 750 publications every year on agroforestry, forests and climate change, landscape restoration, rights, forest policy and much more – in multiple languages.

CIFOR–ICRAF addresses local challenges and opportunities while providing solutions to global problems for forests, landscapes, people and the planet.

We deliver actionable evidence and solutions to transform how land is used and how food is produced: conserving and restoring ecosystems, responding to the global climate, malnutrition, biodiversity and desertification crises. In short, improving people’s lives.

Multi-stakeholder platforms (MSP)

Multi-stakeholder platforms (MSP)

Multi-stakeholder platforms (MSPs) are purposely organized interactive processes. They bring together a range of stakeholders to participate in dialogue, decision making and/or implementation, with the aim to address a common problem or achieve a common goal. Such platforms are thought to help reach participatory agreements with outcomes that are more equitable and effective than those reached through ‘business as usual’ approaches. However, they can also trivialize participation, limit opportunities for meaningful debate, fail to tackle power differences and lead to outcomes that reinforce inequity.

CIFOR-ICRAF researchers have been examining and engaging stakeholders to expand the transformative potential of MSPs in landscape governance since 2017 through literature reviews and a comparative study of platforms organized at the subnational level in Brazil, Ethiopia, Indonesia and Peru. Based on that work and engagement with several specific platforms, together with participants and organizers, researchers developed a toolkit of participatory, reflexive learning tools for MSPs.

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Anne Larson

Team Leader, Governance, equity and well-being

Agroecology: Fast facts

An improved rice–fish–duck agroecosystem in China is estimated to have 7.8 times the economic value of the conventional hybrid rice monoculture model


Source: Zhang Y et al. 2017. A conservation approach of Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS). Sustainability 9(2):295.

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