Our Standards

Interpretation Guidelines




The Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN) standard is a generic standard applicable to more than 100 crops. How the standard is interpreted and applied to particular circumstances of different crops and geographies is guided by interpretation guidelines developed with the support of SAN stakeholders in the field. Two types of guidelines exist: 1) generic interpretation guidelines and 2) local interpretation guidelines

• Generic interpretation guidelines provide guidance for farmers and group administrators on how to implement the sustainable agriculture standard on their farms.

Sustainable Agriculture Standard Guide (PDF, 602Kb)

Group Certification Standard Guide (PDF, 523Kb)

Cattle Standard Guide (PDF, 486Kb)

 

• Interpretation guidelines -- generic and local -- only contain indicators. They are not binding for certification processes, but they are important for implementing good agricultural practices on farms and provide more  detailed guidance during audit processes.


Local interpretation guidelines interpret the binding criteria of the standard in the context of local conditions or for a specific crop and are developed by local workgroups in each country.

To learn about how the Local Interpretation Guideline development process is planned and conducted read more.

Local Interpretation Guidelines:

Coffee

• Brazil (PDF, in Portuguese only)

Colombia (PDF, in Spanish only)
El Salvador (PDF, in Spanish only)
• Honduras (PDF, in Spanish only)
Kenya (PDF, in English only)
Peru (PDF, in Spanish only)
Vietnam (PDF, in English only)

Tanzania (PDF, in English only)

India (PDF, in English only) 


Cocoa
• Ghana (PDF, in English only)
Ivory Coast (PDF, in English only)

Madagascar (PDF, in English only)

 

Cocoa and Coffee

Indonesia (PDF, in English only)

Banana and Pineapple
• Philippines (PDF, in English only)

Sugarcane
El Salvador (PDF, in Spanish only)
Guatemala (PDF, in Spanish only)

 

Tea

Kenya (PDF, in English only)

Tanzania (PDF, in English only)

India (PDF, in English only)

Indonesia (PDF, in English only)

Sri Lanka (PDF, in English only)

Malawi (PDF, in English only)

 

Pepper

Vietnam (PDF, in English only)  

Audit Checklist Vietnam (PDF, in English only)

Indonesia (PDF, in English only)   

Audit Checklist Indonesia (PDF, in English only)

                             

Clove
Madagascar (PDF, in English only) 

Audit Checklist (PDF, in English only)

 

Clove and Nutmeg
Indonesia (PDF, in English only)    

Audit Checklist (PDF, in English only) 

 

Vanilla and Peper

Madagascar (PDF, in English only)

Audit Checklist (PDF, in English only)

 

Ginger and Tumeric

India (PDF, in English only)   

Audit Checklist (PDF, in English only)

 

 

Chilli

India (PDF, in English only)   

Audit Checklist (PDF, in English only)

 

Cinnamon

Indonesia (PDF, in English only)  

Audit Checklist (PDF, in English only)



Interpretation guide for the definition of a high value ecosystem:

Costa Rica (PDF, in Spanish only)
El Salvador (PDF, in Spanish only)
Guatemala (PDF, in Spanish only)
Ghana (PDF, in English only)

Indonesia (PDF, in English only)

• Kenya (PDF, in English only)

Malawi (PDF, in English only)

Peru (PDF, in Spanish only)

Sri Lanka (PDF, in English only)

Tanzania (PDF, in English only)