This article was originally published by the Mountain Partnership Secretariat.
The Mountain Partnership Secretariat (MPS), in collaboration with IFOAM – Organics International, successfully conducted Participatory Guarantee Systems (PGS) trainings and delivered Mountain Partnership Product (MPP) labels in Peru and Bolivia, benefiting a total of 81 producers, including 54 women.
The MPP Initiative is a certification and labelling scheme that promotes local value chains, using narrative labels developed in collaboration with Slow Food to inform consumers about product origins, cultivation, processing, preservation methods, nutritional value and local cultural significance. To date, 45 products have been granted the MPP narrative label.
Recognising the importance of smallholder agriculture and family farming in global food production and sustainable food systems, the MPS and IFOAM - Organics International have been working to provide innovative and cost-efficient certification system trainings to support smallholders in the organic sector and prevent their marginalisation.
The PGS approach is a more accessible and suitable alternative to individual third-party certification of organic products. Adopting PGS allows producers to make organic claims, benefit from organic integrity and market recognition, and access different markets by linking with third-party certification when needed.
The PGS Training Sessions!
Additionally, the producer organisations in both countries signed the Ranikhet Declaration for a Global Mountain PGS Network, became partners of the MPP Initiative, and will continue to receive technical support from the MPS for marketing their products.