Sustainability Standards for Agriculture

The findings of the baseline research (hyperlink) informed the development of the Proudly South African standards for agriculture. Standards were developed via a comprehensive process that involved independent reviewer assessments, in-depth evaluations by the Proudly South African Technical Committee and a public comment process before final approval by the Technical Committee. The Proudly South African Technical Committee is an independent body that is tasked with reviewing, contributing to and finalising the Proudly South African agricultural standards. The Technical Committee comprises representatives from:

  • African Farmers' Association of South Africa (AFASA)
  • AgriSA
  • Department of Labour
  • Ecolabel South Africa
  • Grassfed Association of South Africa
  • National African Federated Chamber of Commerce and Industry, KwaZulu-Natal (NAFCOC)
  • National Agricultural Marketing Council (NAMC)
  • National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA)

The Technical Committee approved three standards for the pilot project:

  • Proudly South African Standard: Sustainable Farming (PSA-SFR01-17S) (download)
  • Proudly South African Standard: Unprocessed Fruits and Vegetables (PSA-UFV01-17S) (download)
  • Proudly South African Standard: Unprocessed Red Meat – Ruminants (PSA-URR01-17S) (download)

The Sustainable Farming standard represents the fundamental requirements of sustainable farming but, on its own, will not result in certification. Instead, it needs to be used in combination with the other Proudly South African standards for sustainably produced food products for certification to be awarded. In other words, subject to audits, compliance with the following standards is necessary to obtain certification:

Unprocessed fruits    
Unprocessed vegetables  
Unprocessed red meat – ruminants  
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