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 Café Veracruz, Mexico

Veracruz is the oldest coffee-producing state in Mexico. During the colonial era, all incoming goods from the Atlantic side travelled through Havana and entered Mexico through Veracruz. The first coffee to be planted in Mexico arrived from Cuba to the Coatepec area of Veracruz in 1780. During the late 19th century, coffee became an important crop. Initially, coffee was secondary for many large haciendas that were mainly interested in sugar cane, but they sold part of their lands to smaller farmers and the large plantations were further fragmented after the Mexican Revolution into today’s small and mid-sized properties that dominate the region.

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