This project funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) promoted the adoption of Participatory Guarantee Systems (PGS) among farmers as an alternative to third party certifications and as a way to reduce the prohibitive certification costs for quality guaranty certification of agricultural products.
Excessive certification costs keep smallholders, particularly organic farmers in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS), from integrating into modern value chains that can broaden their market reach. This project activity is designed to build farm level capacity in agrifood certification and food traceability for smallholder farmers and will help create a competitive agriculture sector in the GMS. This way the project improved market access for the farmers’ products, including cross-border trade, improves their income and contribute to expanding areas of organic agrifood production in the GMS. It includes field activities and pilot projects.
The countries involved were Lao, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, People’s Republic of China, and Myanmar. The project activities included capacity building for PGS key stakeholders and the formulation of national and regional policy.
This project was part of a greater framework that was launched in 2006: The Greater Mekong Sub-region Core Agricultural Support Program which aims to make the countries of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) to “be recognized as the leading producer of safe food, using climate-friendly agricultural practices, and integrate them into global markets through regional economic corridors.
In April 2017 a GMS Regional PGS Workshop took place. This was the closing event of the project to discuss lessons learned and the way forward. Find the Workshop report here.
PGS Handbook GMS
PGS brochures in local languages