Network of participatory multi-actor platforms
A key element of the VISIONARY methodology is the development of a network of participatory multi-actor platforms that will accompany and support the research work undertaken in each partner country.
We have described these platforms as Science-Policy-Interfaces (SPIs) and they bring together relevant food system actors (public and private sector) at local, regional, and national levels to:
- support the analysis and contextualisation of the agri-food systems under study;
- inform what is tested in the policy and value chain experiments and;
- help interpret the results of this experimentation for the design of new and innovative policy interventions and business models for adopting more climate-neutral and sustainable food production systems.
There are a total of 16 SPIs – two in each partner country. The effectiveness of the SPIs is enhanced with specific capacity-building activities for all participants, with a special focus on providing practical opportunities for young researchers to learn how to communicate effectively with industry and NGO stakeholders.