The classic certification systems (geographic indications, fair trade, organic agriculture…) are not suitable for small-scale farming communities: there’s too much paperwork, costs are far too high, and standardized checks are often carried out on paper only. On the other hand, consumers are demanding more guarantees and information from their food labelling.
What would the most effective and useful certification for small-scale productions be? How can we certify highly complex systems with specific environmental, social, cultural and even sensory features? The Slow Food proposal is a participatory system. Participatory Guarantee Systems (PGS) have been successfully applied in several areas of the world (in Brazil, for instance), and are based on a bottom-up model, where the main stakeholders of the production chain are also the certifying agents, ranging from producers to consumers. The system is built on are transparence, trust, interdependence and the exchange of skills and knowledge.
After a two-year trial of three pilot cases: the red bean from Lucca, Italy, the Ogiek community’s honey in Kenya and the Mixtecan county’s agave in Oaxaca, Mexico, Slow Food presents the results of these participatory certification systems and discusses the next steps to take with our partner organizations (such as IFOAM, IFAD and FAO’s Mountain Partnership).
Moderator: Giorgio Grussu, Italy, Programme Officer at FAO – Mountain Partnership
- Franco Martinelli, Italy, producer of the Slow Food Lucca Red Bean Presidium
- Bibong Widyarti, Indonesia, founder Rumah Organik, researcher, consultant and trainer in organic farming and PGS
- Russell Carrington, UK, founder of Pasture for Life certification
- Flávia Moura e Castro, Brazil, Senior Coordinator at IFOAM
Moderator: Michele Maccari, Italy, consultant, expert in participatory certification systems
- Horacio Torres De Ita, Mexico, Project Coordinator for Comida Lenta, Slow Food Mexico
- Samson Ngugi, Kenya, Slow Food Coordinator of projects in Kenya, in the Nakuru region
- Antonio Augusto Mendes dos Santos, Brazil, member of Rede Ecovida, advisor of Slow Food Brazil
- Mattia Prayer Galletti, Italy, Ifad, Lead Technical Specialist – Indigenous Peoples and Tribal Issues Environment, Climate, Gender and Social Inclusion Division
Cover image: Ogiek honey, Roots of Africa / Slow Food Archive
Event languages: IT, EN, FR, PT, ES