Join PGS SA
PGS groups are constituted of farmers, consumers, market actors, and any other representatives of organisations who have a role to play in the local food system. You can join PGS SA as a farmer group.
PGS is a market access enabler for smallholder farmers who are committed to the principles of agroecology and organic farming methods. It is low-cost and focused on community strength and knowledge building.
Farmers are engaged in an ongoing learning process which helps improve their farming practices. PGS unifies smallholder farmers who have constituted themselves as an organic farmer organisation (OFO), fostering food and seed sovereignty, the protection of indigenous knowledge, and building partnerships with existing agricultural structures.
Consumers and market actors have the opportunity of being actively involved in PGS farm visit assessments enabling them to meet their farmers and experience the land where their food is grown. This affords the end-user the opportunity of understanding the real issues in the food supply chain and the importance of healthy, nutritious food grown in a responsible manner, and its connection to environmental and human health.
Participating consumers and market actors are needed to maintain a robust and transparent short food supply chain that supports its local smallholder farmers. Consumers and market actors are members in many PGS groups, not only buying products but also engaged in decision making and management.
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PGS SA membership requirements for PGS groups
PGS groups applying for membership to PGS SA need to pay an annual membership fee (as per the below fee structure) and complete the self-evaluation form. They also need to share their SoPS and the roster of farmer members in their PGS (annual updates required). All farm visits reports need to be uploaded to the PGS’ dedicated folder (link to be provided upon taking up the membership). Access to this PGS file is strictly restricted to the members of the PGS and PGS SA. Compliant PGS groups receive an annual PGS SA membership certificate.