Origin labelling of food a boost for local economies and sustainable development
26 April 2018, Rome--- A new study has found that food products linked to their place of origin are economically and socially beneficial to rural areas and promote sustainable development. Food products registered with a Geographical Indication (GI) label boast an annual trade value of over $50 billion worldwide. Such products have specific characteristics, qualities or reputations stemming from their geographical origin.

The study "Strengthening sustainable food systems through geographical indications" analyses the economic impact of Geographical Indication registration in nine case studies: Colombian coffee, Darjeeling tea (India), Futog cabbage (Serbia), Kona coffee (United States), Manchego cheese (Spain), Penja pepper (Cameroon), Taliouine saffron (Morocco), Tête de Moine cheese (Switzerland) and Vale dos Vinhedos wine (Brazil).

Florence Tartanac, Senior Officer in the FAO Nutrition and Food Systems Division, elaborates on the multiple benefits of geographical indication labelling. Interview conducted by Murielle Sarr
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Topic(s): Agriculture & crops, Environment/Natural resources, Food production & stocks, Food Security, Rural or agricultural development, SDGs
Produced by: Muriel Sarr, FAO
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