INOFO side event at The Farmers' Forum: PGS and its potential to facilitate market access, livelihood improvement & social capital

PGS Tanzania

INOFO side event: Participatory Guarantee Systems (PGS) and its potential to facilitate market access, livelihood improvement and social capital, Thursday 18 February 2016 – 14.00-15.30 Room C500 (5th floor)

Participatory Guarantee Systems (PGS) are locally focused quality assurance systems. They certify producers based on active participation of stakeholders and are built on a foundation of trust, social networks and knowledge exchange. This event aims to highlight key benefits of PGS and also identify areas of collabaration. Read more about the event here, learn more about PGS here and the IFAD - INOFO project here


  • 14:00: Opening - Andre Leu, President IFOAM – Organics International
  • 14:05 Country experiences with PGS:
  1. PGS as a strategy for rural development: the MASIPAG experience in the Philippines - Lucil Ortiz, MASIPAG
  2. PGS: Achievements and challenges in Brazil.Marcelo Passos, AOPA President and member of Red Ecovida
  3. PGS as a tool to create a local market for organic food in Uganda, Julie Matovu, Fresh Veggies PGS
  4. PGS as an innovative approach for linking sustainable and agroecological production to markets in developing countries. Allison Loconto, FAO and INRA
  • 14:50: Discussion
  • 15:20 Conclusions and closure


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