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Introduction

The MEANS national platform (MulticritEria AssessmeNt of Sustainability) is the result of the will of the French National Institute of Agricultural Research (INRA) to provide the scientific community with comprehensive and modular software for multi-criteria assessment of agricultural and agri-food systems.

The approach of the MEANS platform is part of an ambitious spirit of sharing, where users are invited to improve the knowledge of the community by providing the data they collect and calculate and models they use.

Seven research divisions of INRA (CEPIA, EA, MIA, PHASE, SAD, SAE2, SPE) support this initiative for the collection, sharing and capitalization of data produced within institutional or collaborative research projects.

The key concept of sustainability (social, economic, environmental) is at the heart of our platform, which covers the scientific fields of plant production, animal production and process engineering of agricultural products.