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Welcome to the website of the Vietnam PGS (Participatory Guarantee System) for organic products. This PGS is currently supported by the ADDA-VNFU Organic Project but it is hoped that the PGS will be fully maintained by the members in the future. A full list of all the members of the PGS network can be found on the "PGS Network Members" page.
You also can get many information of organic production in Vietnam in our other website at:
www.vietnamorganic.vn

What is a PGS?


Participatory Guarantee Systems (PGS) are 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 (IFOAM PGS Task Force, 2008).

People buying organic products are often concerned whether the product they want to buy has actually been produced according to organic standards. They can rely on an external agency (either private or government) to provide that guarantee or rely on the network of people and organisations involved in the production, distribution and consumption/use of the organic product for guaranteeing the organic quality of the product. A guarantee system based on the involvement of people/organisations directly involved in the organic supply chain is called a PGS (Participatory Guarantee System).

PGS share a common goal with certification by external agencies in providing a credible guarantee for consumers seeking organic produce. The difference lies in the approach: the PGS encourage or even require direct participation of farmers and consumers in the certification process. Direct involvement enables PGS programs to have less paperwork and record keeping, which is important for including small farmers into an organic production system and for keeping the costs of certification low.

In 2004, the International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements (IFOAM) adopted the PGS as a valuable guarantee system for organic products particularly for local markets. IFOAM then set up a Task Force to develop the PGS approach in further detail. With the assistance of members of this Task Force the ADDA-VNFU organic agriculture project introduced the idea of the PGS to a range of producers, traders and consumers it was working with as well as to some interested researchers and (local) NGOs. These stakeholders in October 2008 agreed to adopt the PGS as their guarantee system for organic products.


How does the PGS work and who is already registered?


A detailed description of the PGS can be found in the PGS Manual which can be downloaded from the "PGS Documents" page on this site.

Producer groups registered with the PGS and information on their members and certification status can also be found on the "PGS Documents" page. The certification status has been updated on MAY 05, 2011. Certified farmers can use the PGS logo on their products.


For more information, please contact the PGS Coordinator at vietnampgs@gmail.com.