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Preliminary Results Of The Global Comparative Study On Interactions Between PGS and Social Processes

Bouagnimbeck, Herve; Ugas, Roberto and Villanueva, Jannet (2014) Preliminary Results Of The Global Comparative Study On Interactions Between PGS and Social Processes. In: Rahmann, G. and Aksoy, U. (Eds.) Building Organic Bridges, Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut, Braunschweig, Germany, 2, Thuenen Report, no. 20, pp. 435-438.

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Participatory Guarantee Systems (PGS) are viable organic verification systems complementary alternative to third party certification. This paper evaluates the interactions between PGS and social processes (e.g. seed management) and identifies how both PGS and social processes can play a trigger role to improve livelihoods of rural communities worldwide and particularly in the Peruvian Andes. It draws from in-depth interviews with 84 PGS women and men farmers from eight selected PGS initiatives in India, Philippines, South Africa, Peru, Mexico, Brazil and France, as well as 24 stakeholders involved in the development of PGS. Preliminary results show that PGS is an important platform for the development of social processes and that social processes positively impact PGS initiatives in different ways, thereby improving the sustainability of the PGS. Moreover, the results demonstrate so far that the entry into PGS offers farmers, farm families and their communities a range of benefits: improved social bonds at the local level; farmer empowerment; reduction in the costs of farming; better market access and regular sales; increased farm incomes; enhanced food security; improved management of local natural resources.
The final detailed research report will be available November 2013 and will include guidance on conditions under which a PGS is likely to become successful and recommendations for farmers, policy makers, researchers and the organic movement.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:Participatory Guarantee Systems; social processes; organic agriculture; food security
Subjects: Food systems > Community development
Food systems > Food security, food quality and human health
Food systems > Community development > Networks and ownership
Values, standards and certification > Regulation
Research affiliation: International Conferences > 2014: 18th IFOAM OWC Scientific Track: 4th ISOFAR Scientific Conference
Deposited By: Bouagnimbeck, Herve
ID Code:23918
Deposited On:30 Oct 2014 12:56
Last Modified:30 Oct 2014 12:56
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted
Additional Publishing Information:urn:nbn:de:gbv:253-201407-dn053621-1

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