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Participatory guarantee systems: organic certification to empower farmers and strengthen communities

Home, Robert; Bouagnimbeck, Hervé; Ugas, Roberto; Arbenz, Markus and Stolze, Matthias (2017) Participatory guarantee systems: organic certification to empower farmers and strengthen communities. Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, 41 (5), pp. 526-545.

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Summary

Participatory guarantee systems (PGS) can provide guarantees to consumers while avoiding the entry barriers of third-party certification. This study investigates farmers’ motivations for, and experiences and outcomes from, participation in PGS. Interviews with 84 farmers from seven countries were analyzed in light of empowerment theory and social process theory. The results suggest that participation in PGS can empower farmers by basing their activities on long-lasting social processes and connection to their communities. Combining tradition and bottom-up collaboration within local level social structures enables PGS to overcome their challenges and ensure their future as an alternative system to third-party certification.


EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:Empowerment, organic certification, organic markets, participatory guarantee systems, social cohesion, social processes
Subjects: Knowledge management > Research methodology and philosophy > Specific methods > Surveys and statistics
Values, standards and certification > Consumer issues
Research affiliation: Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Socio-Economics > Agripolicy
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Socio-Economics > Rural sociology
DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/21683565.2017.1279702
Deposited By: Home, Dr Robert
ID Code:36359
Deposited On:20 Aug 2019 11:23
Last Modified:20 Aug 2019 11:23
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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