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Sustainability 2018, 10(12), 4644; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10124644

Participatory Guarantee Systems in Peru: Two Case Studies in Lima and Apurímac and the Role of Capacity Building in the Food Chain

Division for Organic Farming, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU), Gregor-Mendel-Strasse 33, A-1180 Vienna, Austria
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Received: 18 September 2018 / Revised: 29 October 2018 / Accepted: 30 November 2018 / Published: 6 December 2018
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Participatory guarantee systems (PGS) are an emerging strategy in the organic farming and agroecology movement for ensuring the sustainable origin of food. This study focused on the perspectives of stakeholders involved in PGS in Peru (Lima and Apurímac) in order to acquire a greater understanding of how these PGS operate and the context in which they are embedded. Qualitative and quantitative approaches were used for data collection in 2016. PGS in Peru have a fairly centralized pyramid structure, with non-governmental organizations and regional farmers’ associations the main driving forces behind PGS implementation. Improved access to markets and additional commercialization channels are major motivations for farmers to participate in PGS, but major difficulties in these two areas are still being encountered in both regions. There is a high demand among farmers for technical training. Farmers acting as internal evaluators play a special role in their local nuclei and are crucial in the PGS process. The PGS in Lima and Apurímac are an important tool in the agro-ecological movement in Peru and offer considerable potential for the support of small-scale farmers. However, there is a need for official recognition and support together with improvements in internal organization and communication for PGS to be able to maintain their principles. View Full-Text
Keywords: certification; organic agriculture; organic farming; case study; stakeholder perception; agroecology certification; organic agriculture; organic farming; case study; stakeholder perception; agroecology
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Binder, N.; Vogl, C.R. Participatory Guarantee Systems in Peru: Two Case Studies in Lima and Apurímac and the Role of Capacity Building in the Food Chain. Sustainability 2018, 10, 4644.

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