This document provides guidelines describing the characteristics of a professional farmer organization. It is primarily targeted towards commercially-oriented farmer organizations rather than purely socially-oriented farmer organizations or individual farmers. It is intended to be relevant for large and small farmer organizations, without regard to the number of members, volume of business, output or capital investment, nor to the specific crop or product. The implementation and interpretation of this document can be adapted for very small or nascent organizations, for specific or differentiated products, or for markets with special requirements.
This standard contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals