Participatory Organic Certification
The Committees of Participatory Organic Certification implement the participatory organic certification, a collective process between producers, consumers and other stakeholders, to guarantee the organic and healthy quality of local products, generated on a small scale. Producers, consumers, researchers and representatives of civil organizations with technical knowledge on organic agriculture all participate. Each Committee is responsible for receiving documentation related to the certification process of producers who wish to sell in a given market. After analyzing the information, the Committees decide whether or not a producer can receive an organic certification on their products.
Formalization: is the innovation embedded in the constitution or legislation, in an administrative act, or not formalized at all?
Frequency: how often does the innovation take place: only once, sporadically, or is it permanent or regular?
Mode of Selection of Participants: is the innovation open to all participants, access is restricted to some kind of condition, or both methods apply?
Type of participants: those who participate are individual citizens, civil society organizations, private stakeholders or a combination of those?
Decisiveness: does the innovation takes binding, non-binding or no decision at all?
Co-governance: is there involvement of the government in the process or not?
- embedded in the constitution/legislation
- Mode of selection of participants
- Type of participants
- civil society
- democratic innovation yields a binding decision