IFOAM - Organics International works since the early 2000s in empowering and supporting Participatory Guarantee Systems (PGS) worldwide. Strong from its long-lasting experience on this topic, our team provides a variety of custom services including tailor made PGS Trainings and Consultancies, available in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish

Our curriculum combines a variety of training formats, including presentations, videos, group work, collective discussions, individual exercises and field visits with local stakeholders.

Moreover, we provide our expertise in analysing the conditions for PGS (feasibility study) and in supporting and advising local and international actors in their interventions aiming at the establishment of PGS. 

We have the skills and resources to develop a tailor-made PGS training program for you and to provide you with support services and facilitation for building your PGS. Please contact the PGS team at pgs [at] ifoam.bio for further information.

2018 Supporting local COOPERATIVES and retailers in developing PGS in Bosnia 

In January 2018, we conducted a three-day PGS training to support the program Market Makers in launching PGS via a network of companies and buyer cooperatives interested in “health-safe” and organic production in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Their vision is to establish a national “PGS community” and we supported them to lay the foundations through training and group facilitation. 

2016 Training of Trainers on Participatory Guarantee Systems in Benin and Ethiopia 

Within the Green Innovation Centres Initiative - implemented by the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) - we organised in December 2016 a five-day Training of Trainer program for capacity building on PGS for the staff of the Green Innovation Centres and their partners in the countries interested in the PGS concept.

The training covered the following aspects:

  • Basic organic principles and introduction to PGS and where it fits within the overall organic guarantee landscape.
  • Understanding the PGS concept in details: PGS key features and elements, how PGS works in practice
  • Examples of a few concrete PGS initiatives in the world and how they work.
  • Policy aspects related to PGS
  • Available resources on PGS
  • Field visit of an existing PGS initiative and discussion with local stakeholders about the benefits and challenges of their PGS
  • How to structure, manage and operate a PGS, the different steps and necessary documents.

2013-2017 Building PGS in the Greater Mekong Subregion 

Between 2013 and 2017 we implemented several interventions to build the capacity for PGS in six countries in the region: Cambodia, China, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. The projects were funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO). We provided training and technical follow-up support to PGS initiatives in all the countries, backed with government advice on how to support PGS.
As a result at the end of 2017, more than 30 PGS initiatives benefiting more than 2500 farmers are now active in the region.

In 2017 we also published success stories and videos from selected PGS farmers involved in our projects. Those stories are available in our PGS media library.


Building a PGS training program in Europe