National: Vietnam

Title: Capitalisation of Participatory Guarantee System experiences in Vietnam for upscaling & institutionalisation


VECO Vietnam



For 10 years, VECO has been implementing PGS pilots for both safe & organic vegetables to build evidence for the official recognition & institutionalisation of PGS by the Vietnamese government. In order to inform future advocacy activities & to facilitate PGS replication by other actors, the project will produce 4 deliverables. First, it will carry out a PGS assessment study which will include a desk review of PGS experiences & successes outside of Vietnam, an overview & analysis of PGS experiences in Vietnam including lessons learned & best practices, and recommendations for improvement. Second, the project will produce a toolbox to facilitate the adoption & replication of an ideal PGS model for safe vegetables. The toolbox will be comprised of a reader-friendly training of trainer manual explaining step by step how to set up Participatory Guarantee Systems for safe vegetables, a summary of the manual, a PGS handbook, and various factsheets on key building blocks of PGS “at a glance” (e.g. on PGS structures, indicative budget, capacity & extension needs, BasicGAP standard). Third, a policy brief will be developed and disseminated

  • Localization:  Trac Van, Duy Tien district, Ha Nam province
  • Thanh Xuan, Soc Son district, Hanoi province
  • Luong Son district and Tan Lac district, Hoa Binh province
  • Tu Xa, Lam Thao district, and Tan Duc, Viet Tri City, Phu Tho province
  • Cam Thanh, Hoi An, Quang Nam province
  • Loc Thuan, Binh Dai district, and An Hoa Tay and Ba Tri, Ba Tri district,  Ben Tre province


  1. A PGS assessment study aimed at generating knowledge on existing PGS experiences, documenting successful pilots and understanding bottlenecks /issues faced in current PGS systems. It will include:
  • A desk-based literature review on PGS experiences in Vietnam
  • An analysis of the process by which PGS was officially recognised and up-scaled in other countries (e.g. India) to identify what can be learned and applied in the Vietnamese context;
  • A description of the operational structure and activities of all existing PGS systems and their effectiveness in Vietnam;
  • A SWOT analysis of PGS for safe vegetables compared to other food safety certifications;
  • An analysis of the social, economic and environmental benefits of PGS for relevant stakeholders. (including in comparison with other certification systems);
  • An assessment of the level of awareness and engagement of key stakeholders with PGS (wholesalers, retailers, authorities and consumers);
  • An overview of lessons learned & best practices from PGS;
  • Practical recommendations on:
    1. improving PGS operations
    2. increasing PGS visibility with consumers
  • protecting PGS for safe vegetables’s reputation when the number of pilots increases
  • In addition, a one-page case study per successful PGS experience will be developed to highlight the main results / achievements of PGS for advocacy purposes in both English and Vietnamese
  • A summary for policy-makers will be developed in English and Vietnamese

The assessment will require at least one field visit to each location identified above.

  1. Development of a PGS toolbox in both English and Vietnamese composed of:
  • A PGS training of trainer manual on how to set up an ideal PGS model step by step
  • A handbook for PGS farmers
  • A summary for policy-makers
  • PGS factsheets:
    1. PGS structures at a glance
    2. Indicative budget required to set up a PGS
  • Capacity & extension needs
  1. Overview of the BasicGAP standard
  1. Development of a policy brief on the outcomes of the PGS assessment study with clear recommendations towards the upscaling of PGS to be widely shared and disseminated with decision-makers at provincial & national levels.

VECO and VNUA will work with graphic designers to ensure the visual attractiveness of all documents that will be used for advocacy purposes

Budget granted by ALiSEA: 10 000 $


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Tay Ho District, Hanoi, Vietnam