IFOAM - Organics International, Nature & Progrès and CIRAD are excited to announce this long-awaited international meeting on Participatory Guarantee Systems (PGS), which will be held on the 6th of September 2021, in Rennes.
In 2004, IFOAM - Organics International organized, in cooperation with MAELA (Latin American Agroecology Movement), the first international workshop on alternative certification in Torres (Brazil), which brought together initiatives from various continents to discuss the common ground between the various approaches and needs behind alternative certification systems. An important outcome was the birth of 'Participatory Guarantee Systems' as a concept and the creation of an international Task Force on PGS. This Task Force became the permanent IFOAM PGS Committee.
15 years later, this pre-conference will create the opportunity for PGS practitioners and advocates from all over the world to gather once again and take stock of the current PGS development, set new strategies and targets, and define common goals to improve PGS worldwide. The conference will last one day and will be built around plenary sessions, thematic sessions and workshops, using participatory methodologies.
The main language of the conference will be English, however, we are trying to ensure simultaneous translation into French and Spanish during the pre-conference. We will keep you updated on this possibility.
The programme committee of the PGS pre-conference, composed by the IFOAM PGS committee, representatives of research institutions and the organizers, met on April 1, 2020 to assess a total of 51 contributions received, from all five continents. If you have submitted a contribution you will be contacted soon, in any case before the second week of June 2020.
Participants will be invited to contribute to the program and suggest different formats and participatory group sessions.
6 September 2021
Registration Fee: €100
IFOAM - Organics International
French and Spanish (to be determined)
PGS practitioners and advocates
Researchers supporting PGS
Donor organizations supporting PGS