Smallholder Standard

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History of Smallholder Standard

The RSB smallholder program was initiated in 2010 at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), which was hosting the RSB Secretariat. The RSB decided to look at the barriers to the access of smallholders to compliance with the RSB Standard and develop an adaption of the RSB Standard and certification process for smallholder groups, with support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and AidEnvironment. The resulting RSB smallholder standard aims to provide small producers with additional flexibility in the compliance process through a stepwise approach and the waiving of certain requirements.RSB word cloud green without border

The smallholder standard involves several documents (including adapted sustainability principles and criteria, standard for group certification and protocol for GHG calculation), which were revised by the RSB Secretariat and published for a round of public consultation (2014), with the aim of collecting additional feedback and suggestions. Click here to access the smallholder public consultation page for further details on the public consultation period, forms and more.

The public consultation was followed by the consultation of RSB Chambers, who provided additional feedback to further improve the smallholder standard. In September 2014, the General Assembly approved the Standard for Certification of Smallholder Groups and RSB Principles & Criteria for Smallholder Groups.

The smallholder standard is now being implemented around the world through field projects, with the aim to identify any necessary improvements, further develop a flexible smallholder definition and identify needs for capacity building and other kinds of support.