We are pleased to present to you the first Operational Manual for Producers of the Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) developed under the ADDA – VNFU Organic Project. This manual is the result of a series of workshops and field tests that were carried out during 2008 and early 2009 by committed producers, traders, consumers and supporting organisations that have an interest in developing organic agriculture. Although the idea of a PGS was firstly developed in other countries (for example, Brazil, New Zealand, India, USA), our PGS is strongly based on the local situation and specific conditions of farmers and consumers in the northern part of Vietnam.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) issued National Basic Standards for Organic Products in Vietnamin December 2006 and in building our PGS we have taken these MARD standards to guide the organic production focus of our standards.However, detailed procedures for the certification of organic products are not described and thus, in that way, our PGS is filling a gap felt by many stakeholders in the organic sector, not only the consumers but farmers and traders as well.
Many organisations and individuals have contributed to the development of this PGS. The list of founding members of the PGS is given in the Annex 1 of this document.
The development of this PGS was technically supported by Mr Chris May, chairperson of the IFOAM PGS Task Force, and Mr. Koen den Braber, ADDA Technical Advisor. The project was funded as an activity of the ADDA-VNFU Organic Agriculture Project.