Geographical indications, biodiversity and poor communities

The opportunity for geographical indications to provide protection for traditional indigenous biodiversity products and benefits to poor agricultural communities.

Source: Crops for the Future

Developed countries are rich in biodiversity, and a number of attractive native products are traditionally derived from domesticated and wild plants and animals.

In some cases such products have shown potential on domestic and export markets, but incipient quality reputations are at risk from disloyal competition, poor quality management and insufficient understanding how genetic, location-specific and management factors influence product quality.

Geographic Indications (GI) are a tool to overcome some of the limitations faced by traditional products on markets. In particular they can provide protection of native products against the illegitimate use of product labels, and their implementation could bring about considerable benefits for poor agricultural communities.

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and Crops for the Future (CFF) are committed to assisting Less Developed Countries (LDC) to

  • Identify candidate products for GI protection
  • Assess the challenges communities and value chains face in setting up GI quality management systems
  • Explore legal implications of GI registration that underpin the improvement of national regulatory frameworks on Geographic Indications (GIs).

The full report is available for download here.

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