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).
The main social processes identified among the surveyed PGS were collective marketing, sharing information, techniques and traditional knowledge, collective seed management and conservation, small scale saving systems, collective work, committed, informed and supportive consumer base and socialized pricing.
The study shows that PGS is an important platform for the development of these social processes that in turn positively impact PGS initiatives in different ways, thereby improving the sustainability and impacts of the PGS. It finds that PGS has the potential to make a significant contribution to the reduction of food insecurity and to improved nutrition among farmers in rural areas.
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