In this week’s CTA Brussels video interview, Fernando Dos Santos, Director General of the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) tells us more about the the development of a geographical indications system in the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) countries.
Dos Santos said that the majority of ARIPO member states are Least Developed Countries and their economies are mainly based on small-scale agriculture. The main issue for small farmers is the access to the markets. The Geographical Indication tool will contribute to add more value to their products. They will gain more attention and the access to market will be facilitated.
On 15th May 2013, Fernando Dos Santos chaired a panel on ‘The way forward to protect value by marketing tradition and origin’ as part of the Brussels Briefing ‘Geography of food: reconnecting with origin in the food system’ organized by CTA Brussels at the ACP Secretariat in Brussels.
To find out more and watch his presentation:

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