This project is to promote the adoption of Participatory Guarantee Systems (PGS) among farmers as an alternative to third party certifications and as a way to reduce the prohibitive certification costs for quality guaranty certification of agricultural products.
Excessive certification costs keep smallholders, particularly organic farmers in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS), from integrating into modern value chains that can broaden their market reach. This project activity is designed to build farm level capacity in agrifood certification and food traceability for smallholder farmers and will help create a competitive agriculture sector in the GMS. This way the projects intents to improve market access for the farmers’ products, including cross-border trade, improve their income and contribute to expanding areas of organic agrifood production in the GMS. It will include field activities and pilot projects.
The project will be executed in two phases within 18-months period each. The countries involved are Lao, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, People’s Republic of China, and Myanmar. The project activities will include capacity building for PGS key stakeholders and the formulation of national and regional policy.
This project is part of a greater framework that was launched in 2006: The Greater Mekong Sub-region Core Agricultural Support Program which aims to make the countries of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) to “be recognized as the leading producer of safe food, using climate-friendly agricultural practices, and integrate them into global markets through regional economic corridors.