This global map is a marketing tool to link consumers, buyers and traders, who are looking for organically produced food, with growers and processors that have chosen Participatory Guarantee Systems (PGS) as a way to certify their products.
Through this map:
Thanks to this platform the distance between producers and final consumers is shortened, meaning that famers can get better and fairer prices for their produce, while consumers can get access to high quality organic food, free of chemical compounds that is produced respecting the environment as well as empowering rural communities.
This map is the result of a partnership between FAO Technical Cooperation Programme (TPC) “Small-Scale Farmer Inclusion in Organic Agriculture Development through Participatory Guarantee Systems (PGS)” and IFOAM – Organics International.
"Participatory Guarantee Systems (PGS) are locally focused quality assurance systems. They certify producers based on active participation of stakeholders and are built on a foundation of trust, social networks and knowledge exchange." ( IFOAM - Organics International)
PGS is a verification system to ensure that a produce is organic. It is an alternative to third party certification for organic products, especially adapted to local markets, small farmers and short supply chains. They allow certified organic produce to be available to a wider consumer group, at a lower cost.
PGS initiatives involve groups of farmers and groups of consumers; they are normally supported by an NGO or local association that provides the participants with administrative and technical help.
PGS are directly managed and implemented by the organic producers, often together with consumers and with the support of local organizations (NGOs) or authorities. On the map you can find three different types of markers that allow you to distinguish between PGS status:
Recognized by IFOAM - Organics International, they are all operational.
Recognized by local authorities, they are all operational.
Self declared PGS, they can be operational or under development.
Operational - A local PGS Group, which is fully functional and has put into place all the necessary procedures to manage the certification system. At least some farmers involved have received the certification.
Under development - A local group of producers that has started to set up the PGS but does not yet have any certified farmers.
Recognized by local authorities: in some countries, there are local or national authorities involved in the quality control of PGS. The PGS initiatives that are recognized by a local competent authority are all operational.
Recognized by IFOAM – Organics International: IFOAM - Organics International has a program to recognize PGS initiatives all over the world. The PGS initiatives that are officially recognized by IFOAM – Organics International are all operational.
If you are interested in gaining recognition from IFOAM – Organics International for your PGS group, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org