Global comparative study on interactions between traditional social processes and Participatory Guarantee Systems (PGS)
A Best Practice Study for Learning and Development with Case Studies from Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America.
This study was conducted 2012 - 2014 in the framework of the project “Ecological and socio-economic intensification for food security in smallholder agriculture in Central Andes, Peru” carried out by the Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina UNALM (Peru), the Sociedad Peruana de Derecho Ambiental SPDA (Peru) and the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Land and Food Systems UBC (Canada) and funded by the International Development Research Center (IDRC) and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).
This project aims at the ecological and social intensification of smallholder organic systems in two regions of the Peruvian Andes (Cusco and Cajamarca) known for its high biodiversity and where farmers’ associations are active. Research is organized in 5 components (1: agrobiodiversity, 2: knowledge systems, 3: markets, 4: extension and 5: policy and advocacy) and local farmers are involved from the design stages through implementation and evaluation.
IFOAM's role is to provide an international perspective to the research with regards to the synergies between common (traditional) social processes and PGSs in Africa, Asia and Latin America, including also one example from France.
Selected PGS cases for in-depth studies:
PGS initiatives implemented by ANPE (Asociacion Nacional de Productores Ecologicos) and IDMA (Instituto de Desarrollo y Medio Ambiente), Peru
Bryanston Organic & Natural Market, South Africa
Ecovida (CETAP), Brazil
Green Foundation, India
Keystone Foundation, India
MASIPAG (Association of Sustainable Agriculture Practitioners of Palimbang), Philippines
Nature et Progrès (COMAC Lozère), France