Producer Group Models and Certification: An Exploration of Various Producer Group Models in the Agricultural and Forestry Sectors

As sustainability standard systems seek to step up the supply and collective impact of certified products, they are increasingly challenged to reach out to producers who are less organized or organized in other types of group models. To help producers make the transition to suitable models, Aidenvironment conducted a study for the ISEAL Alliance which identifies and describes different models of producer groups in the agricultural and forestry sector. Each model is described according to different variables, such as governance system, human and financial capacity, service delivery and business orientation. Special attention is paid to how certification works in each model. The report is illustrated with a selection of case studies of different types producer groups that have been certified or are in the process of certification.

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