REPORT - Creating a Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) for organic certification in Cicia: A Cost-Benefit Analysis

Development and Pilot Implementation of Integrated Pacific Island Organic/Ethical Trade Initiatives is a project that is funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and implemented by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) for the Pacific Organic and Ethical Trade Community (POETCom) in order to help poor, rural smallholders and producers in the Pacific Islands. The project is designed to enhance the ability of these producers to service higher-value local and export markets and gain access to higher incomes by obtaining organic certification for their products through the establishment of a Participatory Guarantee System (PGS). As part of this programme, support was provided for the establishment of a PGS in Cicia, an island in Fiji’s Lau Province, to help its producers of virgin coconut oil (VCO) achieve an appropriate and recognised organic certification for their produce. This project took place over two years from December 2012 to December 2014. Following the conclusion of the implementation phase, SPC’s Land Resources Division (LRD) conducted a cost–benefit analysis (CBA).