Guide to Geographical Indications

Linking Products and their Origins

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The guide is a reference book that provides a comprehensive view of all aspects of the cotton value chain from a market perspective, and an overview of the world cotton market. It outlines factors influencing supply and demand, and market trends; considers major issues of the sector, including trade policy and WTO issues; deals with textile processing of cotton, cotton quality and its determinants, and cotton contamination; covers various aspects of cotton trading and export marketing; looks at e-commerce, the ICE Futures U.S. and other futures markets for cotton; reviews the market for different types of cotton, including organic cotton; presents market profiles of the main importing countries in Asia (Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Thailand) and Turkey, with recommendations on how to approach their cotton-consuming textile industries. Annexes contain a list of international cotton associations, as well as lists of useful addresses and web resources.

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Darjeeling tea, Parmigiano cheese, Bordeaux wine, Kobe beef, Idaho potatoes, Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee, and Tequila are just some of the more popular Geographical Indications (GIs). GIs are associated with unique products that embody rich cultures and history. They can also be lucrative billion-dollar businesses and as popular as any international brand names. Yet, until now, we’ve known very little about these unique forms of intellectual and cultural property and their potential to provide a sustainable means of competitiveness even for remote regions of developing countries.

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