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Title:Natural Patrimony and Local Communities in Ethiopia: Advantages and Limitations of a System of Geographical Indications
Authors:Roussel, BernardISNI
Verdeaux, FrançoisISNI
Periodical:Africa: Journal of the International African Institute
Geographic term:Ethiopia
agricultural products
Economics and Trade
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
External links:https://doi.org/10.3366/afr.2007.77.1.130
Abstract:Among various processes of recognition and development of local know-how related to biodiversity, the protection systems based on Geographical Indications seem to open up interesting perspectives for the countries of the South. Ethiopia is on the way to equipping itself with such a tool. In this article the authors argue that Ethiopia offers an exceptionally good terrain for setting up such a mechanism. It has many products derived from the exploitation of biodiversity by a variety of cultural groups. Many of these products already have reputations linked to their cultural geographical origin. The existence of competitive national and international markets requires labels and protection systems. Nevertheless adoption of a Geographical Indications system is not without its problems. The specific circumstances of the Ethiopian context - social and institutional as well as environmental - raise questions as to the limitations and possible risks of such a system, including the unequal development of certain components of biodiversity, standardization and loss of know-how, modification of current territorial subdivisions and the corresponding social and administrative organizational structures. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]