Quality and Origin Program

Quality linked to geographical origin:  people, places and products

FAO is implementing the Quality and Origin program to support the development of quality linked to geographical origin products that will contribute to rural development.

Some agricultural and food products are distinguished from one another by certain characteristics, qualities or reputations resulting essentially from their geographical origin. This differentiation can be attributed to the unique local features of the product, its history or its distinctive character linked to natural or human factors such as soil, climate, local know-how and traditions (all covered by the term "terroir").

These products of origin-linked quality can increase food security, inasmuch as they contribute to rural development and the preservation of food diversity, while also offering consumers a wider choice. Indeed, thanks to the link between such products and their areas of origin, they can help to preserve local resources, maintain traditions, strengthen the organization of local stakeholders and prevent delocalization and the rural exodus.

Worldwide perspectives on geographical indications:
An international conference for researchers, policy-makers and practitioners

This international conference co-organized by FAO and the Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement (CIRAD) will address the most recent research and implementing practices related to geographical indications. Click HERE to submit your contributions.

FAO-oriGIn Series of Webinars: “Contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals through quality linked to geographical origin”

This series of webinars, implemented in collaboration with oriGIn, brought together experts and practitioners to discuss how geographical indications can maximize their contribution to sustainability at various levels. Presentations and reports available here.

Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems, Geographical Indications and Slow Food Presidia

This technical note highlights the specificities of each of these three approaches, as well as the potential linkages and synergies that could be leveraged for the common goal of preserving local food systems while achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

Geographical Indications for sustainable food systems
Preserving and promoting agricultural and food heritage

GIs represent a collective asset linked to local heritage and reputation. A successful GI can prevent the delocalization of production, create jobs, boost local development and contribute to safe, diversified and healthy diets, thanks to the preservation of traditional food products, environment and biodiversity. Available in several languages.


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