PGS groups have the potential of becoming the backbone of organic agriculture and the localisation of the food system in South Africa. PGS assures traceability through on-going social verification while acting as a vehicle for mutual learning and developing complementary value chains. This is why PGS is promoted as an essential component of South Africa’s Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA) strategy.
PGS in South Africa by the numbers:
13 PGS groups in South Africa
16 Community of practice/ emerging PGS groups
632 Farmer members
335 Farmers organically certified
415 ha under organic production
Our strategy and work is focused on:
A reliable and transparent organic certification system for farmers, retailers and consumers.
A reliable and transparent organic assurance system for farmers, retailers and consumers.
Creating a sustainable role for smallholder farmers in the organic sector.
Introducing emerging organic farmers to the benefits of PGS.
Training of Pollinators and farmers in PGS processes and agroecological farming methods.
Developing the short organic supply chain with independent retailers and markets that are committed to enabling smallholder farmers’ market access through a fair pricing model.
Developing an understanding and commitment to organic agriculture amongst all stakeholders in South Africa.
A commitment to community, the environment and future generations.
To expand the awareness and uptake of organic farming methods, PGS SA in partnership with the South African Organic Sector Organisation (SAOSO) is training and supporting 20 PGS Pollinators or community practitioners to establish new PGS groups in South Africa.