Certification schemes for agricultural production in low‐ and middle‐income countries

Added June 29, 2020

Citation: Oya C, Schaefer F, Skalidou D, McCosker C, Langer L. Effects of certification schemes for agricultural production on socio‐economic outcomes in low‐ and middle‐income countries: a systematic review. Campbell Systematic Reviews. 2017;13(1):1-346.

What is this? The COVID-19 pandemic has decreased agricultural production, reduced the supply of workers, damaged food supply chains and increased food insecurity. Existing research on certification schemes to improve agricultural production might provide useful information for those planning the response to the COVID-19 pandemic and seeking to boost agricultural production.

In this Campbell systematic review, the authors searched for studies of certification schemes on agricultural producers and for qualitative studies to answer questions about barriers and contextual factors. They did not restrict their searches by date or language of publication and did the search in November 2015. The quantitative systematic review included 43 quasi-experiments and 136 studies were included in the qualitative synthesis.

What was found: Income from the sale of produce is higher for certified farmers, but overall household income was not.

Workers’ wages do not seem to benefit from the presence of certification schemes.

At the time of this review, there was insufficient evidence on the effects of certification schemes on a range of intermediate and final socio-economic outcomes for agricultural producers and workers.

 

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