Geographical Indications

The FAO projects on Geographical Indications (GIs) aim to:
  • promote the development of sustainable GIs through awareness-raising activities and publications;
  • provide technical support and capacity building to countries for the development of GI strategies; and
  • provide technical support and capacity building to local producers and stakeholders, as well as to national and local authorities, for the actual development of GIs.
Potatoes and quinoa from the Andes
Some FAO projects on GIs around the world:

Promote Geographical Indications as a tool for sustainable rural development

This project focuses on the implementation of specific quality policies adapted to local economic, social and cultural realities, in particular through the use of Geographical Indications (GI)

Support for sustainable honey value chains through Geographical Indications (GIs)

The project aims to increase the efficiency and inclusiveness of Turkey’s honey value chains through the certified use of GIs for pine honey and their promotion on domestic and export markets, in collaboration with local beekeepers and Turkey’s leading honey sector companies.

peaches and figs

Developing origin-based food quality labels in Turkey's Bursa region

This project aims to add value to Turkey’s agri-food sector by developing origin-based labels in the Bursa region and by strengthening the Geographical Indication (GI) system in the country.


Serbia – Strengthening quality standards in the agri-food sector  

This project provides technical assistance to build the capacity of public and private stakeholders engaged in the protection of GIs. The GI products include raspberries from Arilje (Ariljska Malina), sour cherries from Oblacina (Oblacinska Visnja) and the ajvar pepper paste from Kopaonik.

GIs in Africa

Support to the development of Geographical Indications for sustainable food systems in Africa and elsewhere

The project supports the development of geographical indications in Africa, and promoted them globally as a tool to contribute to sustainable food systems and healthy diets.



Upgrade of meat quality standards in Montenegro and exchange of lessons learned in the Western Balkans

FAO and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) worked with the Montenegrin Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) to support the country’s meat sector by improving food safety compliance and developing quality labels to increase competitiveness. 


Support to sustainable value chains through the development of Geographical Indications in the dairy sector

The project involved normative, technical and capacity building activities. It aimed to enhance the sustainability of the country’s dairy sector by developing GIs for two Georgian cheeses. The project also worked to enhance the GI national framework.