Bramley, Cerkia, Bienabe, Estelle, Kirsten, Johann (Eds.)
2013, XI, 142 p. 7 illus., 5 illus. in color.
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Provides key theoretical reflections from a five-year process of reviewing the potential of introducing systems to protect geographical identity for certain food and natural products in the Southern African region
Analyses the TRIPS agreement and the important policy space it has created at national level for countries to decide on appropriate legal and institutional approaches to geographical indication protection
Shows how the geographical indication instrument itself can be used in highly diverse ways at product level, thus adding to the richness of the instrument
Helps assess the multifaceted nature of geographical indications proposed as an instrument for strengthening and securing market access and for promoting rural development, and also for conserving biodiversity and indigenous knowledge
This book contributes to the literature on Geographical Indications (GIs) by providing key theoretical reflections from a five-year review process on the potential of GIs for agri-food products in Southern Africa. The contributors reflect on diverse GI processes and dynamics which operate at the local, national and international levels, thus enriching the understanding of GI dynamics and of the variety of policy options available for GI protection in Southern countries. Following a discussion of the legal framework and governance of national GI schemes in Southern countries, the book emphasizes the main dimensions underlying the development of GIs and their potential for enhancing sustainable rural development and market access in particular. This provides the structure for the chapters that build on the different experiences of Southern African industries that have embarked on GI strategies. The book includes chapters on designing an appropriate legal framework and governance system for the development of GIs in Southern countries. Also included are analyses of local industry and collective action dynamics in the development of GIs, the public nature of GIs and the role of the State based on contrasted case studies on origin-labeled products, including Rooibos, Karoo lamb, Karakul pelts and Camdeboo mohair. Developing Geographical Indications in the South: The Southern African Experience presents lessons of value to policymakers, industry representatives and academics in Southern countries in general.
Content Level »Research
Keywords »Geographical Indications - Intellectual Property - Quality management - Southern Countries - Territorial development