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 digitally on September 6-7, 2021.
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. Lasting two days, the conference will be built around plenary sessions, thematic sessions and roundtable discussions using participatory methodologies.
While the main language of the conference will be English, we will ensure simultaneous translation into French and Spanish.
Registration to the OWC is required to participate. You can register for both the OWC2021 and this pre-conference here.
Participants will be invited to contribute to the program and suggest different formats and participatory group sessions.
6 September 2021
09:00 - 16:00 (CEST)
7 September 2021
13:00 - 17:15 (CEST)
Digital, with an unlimited amount of participants.
Language will be English with simultaneous translation into French and Spanish.
IFOAM - Organics International
PGS practitioners and advocates
Researchers supporting PGS
Donor organisations supporting PGS
Bablu Ganguly is a World Board member of IFOAM - Organics International. He is a founder member of PGS Organic Council that has been spearheading the PGS movement in India to help small-holder farmers move back to life sustaining organic agriculture and strengthen their socio-economic status by promoting just and equitable relationships with the consumers of their produce.
Louise Luttikholt, raised on a small farm in eastern Netherlands, is the Executive Director of IFOAM – Organics International. She was the driving force behind the articulation process of the Principles of Organic Agriculture. Louise is convinced that PGS is a tool to build the resilience of communities and the organic sector alike.
Karen Mapusua is Vice President of IFOAM - Organics International. She co-founded the Pacific Organic and Ethical Trade Community and was extensively involved in developing a region wide Participatory Guarantee System approach including unique aspects such as whole island certification. Previously, she served as a Director of Fairtrade Australia New Zealand.
Laercio Meirelles is the coordinator of the NGO Centro Ecologico, which has been working since 1985 with consulting and training in Ecological Agriculture. Since 1992 he has worked in designing and disseminating Participatory Certification schemes.
René Emmenegger is currently Project Manager for IFOAM - Organics International in Sénégal. He was involved for many years in the development of a PGS Initiative in Burkina Faso and now contributes to enhance PGS of FENAB in Senegal including systemic development of organic markets and empowerment of the national organic movement.
Patricia Flores is a Forester and holds a Master’s Degree in Resource Management and postgraduate studies on Agroecology. Her major area of experience focuses on Rural Development, Agroecology, Territorial Markets and Sustainable Food Systems. She is Senior Project Coordinator at IFOAM Organics International and is Country Coordinator of the Project Nutrition in Mountain Agroecosystems in Peru; while also is Senior Trainer at the Organic Academy. Patricia works closely to the organic and agroecological movements in Latin America.
Maria Rowena A. Buena has been with Masipag for 21 years and has spent many years in the development and capacity building for PGS development; campaigning and lobbying for PGS recognition in the Philippines. She is now the Regional Coordinator for Masipag Luzon and currently member of the IFOAM PGS Committee.
Sylvaine Lemeilleur is a research fellow at CIRAD (France). She is mainly interested in Participatory Guarantee Systems as a governance instrument for knowledge commons. She has been involved in the PGS Nature et Progres since 2013. As an "embedded researcher", she strives to understand, analyze, and move forward with practitioners.
Chris May has been engaged as a life style and professionally in most aspects of organic agriculture for the past 40 years. He lives with his wife Jenny on the Coromandel Peninsula NZ. In recent years he has worked in the Pacific and Asia providing technical support to small-holder farmers helping them to produce organic crops and improve the quality of the products along with building the farmers’ relationships with ethical buyers. Chris is a member of the IFOAM Participatory Guarantee Systems Committee (PGS) and has publications relating to PGS. He is a cofounder of BioGro NZ and Organic Farm New Zealand (OFNZ).
Luiz Rebelatto: Agronomist, Gastronomy Technologist, Specialist in Agroecology. One of the founders of Rede Ecovida and its coordinator (1998 – 2001), systematized its SPG. Participated in the drafting of the Brazilian Organic Production Law. Currently, a Technical Analyst at SEBRAE (Brasil) and its representative at the National Organic Agriculture Chamber.
Alice Varon is Executive Director of Certified Naturally Grown, a PGS serving producers throughout North America. She has guided CNG’s participatory approach to setting organizational policy and developing new standards for beekeeping and mushroom production. She is a member of the IFOAM - Organics International PGS Committee and lives in New York.
Audrey Wainwright is a PGS facilitator, mentor and trainer, originally at Bryanston Market PGS in Johannesburg and currently part of a team establishing the Oranjezicht City Farm Market PGS in Cape Town and supporting the Biodynamic Agricultural Association of Southern Africa with its PGS pilot project. Audrey serves on the South African Bureau of Standards technical committee for organic production and processing and is a member of the IFOAM - Organics International PGS Committee.