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PGS STATISTICs MAP
Every two years, IFOAM - Organics International conducts a global survey to collect data on PGS initiatives. The information displayed in the map below is the result of this work. From the data collected in 2017, we estimate that there are at least 241 PGS initiatives worldwide of which 115 are under development and 127 are fully operational, with at least 311'449 farmers involved and at least 76'750 producers certified.
Participatory Guarantee Systems (PGS) are revisiting the way organic certification started a few decades ago. At the same time, many PGS have existed for over 40 years.
How do PGS Programs benefit consumers?
The concept of Participatory Guarantee Systems (PGS) is relatively new but the idea has existed in theory and in practice since the organic movement started to develop. There are many good models around the world, which can inspire and motivate other initiatives! They also serve as examples for those advocating for alternative guarantee systems or for practitioners and researchers interested in participatory approaches to guaranteeing quality.
We’re excited to start a PGS in our region. How can we get started?
IFOAM provides a number of resources to assist in starting a PGS program both online and in print, including links to PGS operation manuals and case studies from around the world.
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