Food origin labels improve incomes for local farmers: FAO-backed study
Food products marketed as being linked to a particular area of origin could boost the income of farmers in those regions, according to a UN-backed study published on Thursday.
Registering food items with a Geographical Indication (GI) label already generates over $50 billion in annual trade worldwide.
The study says the gains extend beyond the economic as the process also helps to make food systems more inclusive and efficient.
Colombian coffee, Darjeeling tea from India, and Manchego cheese from Spain are among nine cases analysed in the study, which was launched by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
Florence Tartanac is a Senior Officer with FAO’s Nutrition and Food Systems Division:
“We found that the registration of GIs increased the price of the final product in all nine cases that we studied. In most cases it was between 20 to 50 per cent increase. Beyond economic impacts we can also see benefits for the consumer as the consumer identifies qualities such as taste, but also way of production and cultural aspect, in the product with GIs, which offer an official guarantee of origin, and such for consumers willing to pay higher prices.”
UN rights chief welcomes ‘openness’ of new Ethiopia Government
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has welcomed the release of scores of bloggers, political opponents and protestors who had been imprisoned in Ethiopia.
Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein concluded a visit to the country on Thursday, his second in the past 12 months.
This time he also travelled to the Oromia region, scene of numerous protests in recent years.
Ethiopia swore in a new Prime Minister earlier this month.
In an interview conducted at the end of his misison, Zeid spoke about his aspirations for the administration, as well as impressions of some of the young people he had met.
“Well it’s unlikely in any transition for it to be smooth. There will always be bumps in the road; there may be setbacks. The important thing is there seems to be a dedication on the part of the leadership in the country to move in this direction, and this is something that we support and welcome: an openness. I have to say, when listening to the students at the University of Addis Ababa, I was impressed by the views, some of them critical; the aspirations, the sentiments expressed, and that stood out, clearly.
Women inventors and creators celebrated on World Intellectual Property Day
The “brilliance, ingenuity, curiosity and courage” of women innovators is being celebrated this Thursday, World Intellectual Property Day.
The UN agency behind the day, WIPO, points out that women are helping to transform lives and advance human understanding through their “game-changing” inventions and creations in areas such as astrophysics, medicine, artificial intelligence and robotics.
The same applies in the creative sphere, where women working in sectors such as film, music, fashion, design and literature are “re-imagining culture, testing the limits of artistry and creative expression, drawing us into new worlds of experience and understanding.”
WIPO chief Francis Gurry has called on people everywhere to ensure women have full participation in innovation and creativity.
This, he said, “will lead to much greater opportunity and fairness for women and enormous benefits for the world.”
Dianne Penn, UN News.