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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The Case of Kona Coffee, Hawaii

Hawaii’s Kona region, though world-famous, is remarkably small, stretching 15 miles along the south-western coast of the United States island of Hawaii and reaching approximately 2 miles up into the hills. It is a mostly rain-fed area whose approximately 630 producers most commonly cultivate a Kona Typica coffee of Guatemalan origin. Coffee was first planted in the first half of the 19th century and thrived sufficiently well to be remarked on by prominent visitors including Mark Twain but was not notably distinguished in the global market place until the latter part of the 20th century. Production volumes for this prized product average just over 20,000 (60 kg) bags per year.

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