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The Natural Agriculture Association of Campinas’ Participatory Guarantee System: a case study in the metropolitan area of San Paolo, Brazil

Rios Thomson, Carolina; Abreu, Lucimar Santiago de and Grespan de Oliveira, Diego (2014) The Natural Agriculture Association of Campinas’ Participatory Guarantee System: a case study in the metropolitan area of San Paolo, Brazil. [O Sistema de Garantia Participativa da Associação de Agricultura Natural de Campinas: um estudo de caso da área metropolitana de São Paulo, Brasil.] In: Rahmann, G. and Aksoy, U. (Eds.) Building Organic Bridges, Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut, Braunschweig, Germany, 1, Thuenen Report, no. 20, pp. 85-88.

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The research aimed to rescue the context in which the Brazilian regulation for organic production and control mechanisms for organic quality assurance occurred. Also a case study on what has been the experience of the first PGS (Participatory Guarantee System) accredited by Mapa (Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply) was conducted. The Natural Agriculture Association of Campinas decided to adopt a PGS three years ago ending its activities as a non-profitable third party certifier. The research sought to understand the farmer´s motivations for adopting the ANC´s PGS and which are the main challenges and gains within this kind of social control mechanism. The study preliminary results indicate that the recognition by the law of PGSs and SCOs (Social Control Organizations) as alternatives to third part certification was an important achievement for ecological based family farming in the country. In relation to the specific studied PGS, the experience has empowered the participant producers due to cooperation’s increasing through the creation of strategies to collectively commercialize their products and inputs purchase, the constant sharing of experiences, the creation of a seed bank and the participatory decision-making process in replacement to the third part system that existed before. The main challenges are related to bureaucratic requirements from Mapa and the reduction of the PGS´s direct and indirect costs.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:Sistema participativo, Agricultura orgânica, Certificação, Associação de Agricultura Natural de Campinas, São Paulo. Participatory Guarantee System, Organic agriculture, Certification, The Natural Agriculture Association of Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil.
Agrovoc keywords:
Organic agriculture
participatory approaches
Subjects: Farming Systems > Social aspects
"Organics" in general > History of organics
Values, standards and certification > Regulation
Research affiliation: Brazil > Embrapa - Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation
Brazil > Other organizations
International Conferences > 2014: 18th IFOAM OWC Scientific Track: 4th ISOFAR Scientific Conference
Deposited By: Thomson, Carolina
ID Code:24093
Deposited On:31 Oct 2014 13:26
Last Modified:31 Oct 2014 13:26
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted
Additional Publishing Information:urn:nbn:de:gbv:253-201407-dn053621-1

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