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.
-- Official IFOAM PGS Definition --
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PGS initiatives are serving thousands of small organic farmers and their consumers all over the world, and the numbers are increasing every year. IFOAM recognizes the full diversity of Organic Agriculture, so we encourage and support the development PGS as an alternative and complementary tool to third-party certification.