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 Antigua Coffee, Guatemala

Antigua is one of Guatemala’s oldest and best-known coffee-growing areas. It is located in the central mountains of the country, shaping a fertile valley surrounded by three volcanoes, Fuego, Agua and Acatenango. Politically, Antigua belongs to the Department of Sacatepéquez, in conjunction with another important coffee region called Acatenango. Several factors combine in Antigua to confer special cup characteristics to its coffee: ample rainfall (800 mm– 1,200 mm/year); deep volcanic soil; productive elevations reaching up to 5,600 feet high (1,700 m); and cool temperature (averaging 18° C–22° C with very chilly nights November to February).

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