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Participatory Guarantee Systems

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Participatory Guarantee Systems


Keystone Foundation in Tamil Nadu, India, Organic Farm New Zealand, The Ecovida Agroecology Network in south Brazil, Certified Naturally Grown in the USA and Nature & Progrès in France represent five organizations who have developed guarantee systems with different approaches than the normally prevailing ‘third-party’ certification. These organizations all work with farmers and organic farming in the broadest sense, trying to elaborate guarantee systems appropriate to the local cultural and ecological conditions and traditions, emphasizing the social and environmental aspects that are important for sustainable livelihoods. This presentation of five different Participatory Guarantee Systems is one step in the process to get to know, analyze and evaluate these different approaches to certification.

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