This discussion paper introduces ideas on how to manage and improve cross-sectoral collaborative action addressing sustainability challenges. It highlights how complex non-linear linkages exist between food, agricultural, and land systems and it looks at the question of how stakeholders can collaborate and how to improve the effectiveness of cross-sectoral collaborations.
It is both a guide and a call to action, and drawing on both theory and practical experience it aims to inspire with the possibilities of taking cross-sectoral collaborative action to break away from the mindset of 'business as usual'.
It covers issues such as structure, governance, institutional barriers, the need to create the space for innovation, the ability to manage conflict and compromise, and the time it takes to create trust among participants. It argues that greater focus is needed on possible pathways for scaling up collaborative action – to take forward the concept and apply it in practice. It recommends that we focus on identifying priorities for change, different ways of conceptualizing challenges and the means to develop new collaborative efforts within and across organizations.
Citation as follows
McKenzie, F., 2013, Pathways to collaborative action: transforming agricultural, land and food systems, Ecoagriculture Discussion Paper No. 10. EcoAgriculture Partners
EcoAgriculture Partners is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting innovators from the agriculture, conservation, and rural development sectors to strengthen and scale up their ecoagriculture management approaches.
A short blog post on this paper can also be found here.