Plant With Purpose Phraseology – Participatory Guarantee System

Written by Becky Rosaler on September 4, 2013 in Phraseology

PGS 1There’s a new acronym circulating around Plant With Purpose Tanzania—PGS—Participatory Guarantee System. PGS’s roots sprouted in 2004 at the first International Workshop on Alternative Certification organized by the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movement (IFOAM).

PGS 3The official PGS definition from IFOAM, “Participatory Guarantee Systemsare 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.”

An international group of university researchers in partnership with IFOAM visited Tanzania in late 2012 to learn about the constraints and opportunities for organic farming. This spurred on Plant With Purpose Tanzania to launch a pilot group of 60 farmers who began auditing one another’s farms, essentially creating the equivalent of a local organic certification system.

PGS 2The first PGS market took place in Marangu in July with this produce proving to be a sought after commodity. Plant With Purpose Tanzania is one out of two programs in the entire country focusing on training farmers in organic agriculture.

For more information on PGS systems, read about Certified Naturally Grown, a U.S. version of PGS.

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