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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Valuing GIs: Their pros and cons

The available evidence presented here, and in other papers reviewed but not cited for this book, indicates that GIs have clear and positive characteristics that can make them valuable assets for any country. Yet, they are not an easy achievement and in some situations, they simply are not feasible. If they are not at least a commercially viable proposition then producers will not be interested. Josling and other experts caution that pursuing a GI strategy will not be the optimal answer in a number of cases. In other words, resolving many business and rural development issues will require other, more basic, interventions ranging from institutional or organizational strengthening to quality or food safety practices. In some cases, the returns may not warrant the substantial investments required for a GI.

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