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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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Deciding to undertake a GI – key points to consider

GIs are much more than just a geographic name-noting system. They identify a product as originating in a delimited territory, where one or more of its characteristics – its quality, reputation, or some other unique feature – is essentially attributable to its geographical origin and the particular human or natural factors found in that region. GIs are a valued expression of the particular agro-ecological and cultural characteristics of a region and are thus unique in the global marketplace. While most countries now at least nominally protect GIs, such systems are still relatively new for many developing countries.

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