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 Nariño, Colombia

The region of Nariño in southern Colombia is a relatively remote area in whose mountainous region approximately 40,000 farmers use very traditional methods of coffee production and primary processing. Though distant from markets and large urban centres, their output has a widely recognized and unique flavour that have distinguished it and provide a premium-priced product for one of the country’s less developed rural regions. In 2007, coffee milled in Nariño reached almost 450,000 bags (60 kg) of green coffee, almost twice the amount at the beginning of the decade and considerably more than 2,000 bags exported as Nariño in 1986.

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