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Updated On: Thursday, November 23 2017

First international day of contests for origin-linked products in Switzerland

Content by: UN Industrial Development Organization

COURTEMELON, Switzerland, 2 October 2017 - On the sidelines of the Marché des terroirs suisses 2017 (a Swiss origin-linked products market), the first Journée Internationale des Concours des Produits du Terroir (international day of contests for origin-linked products) brought together delegations from Côte d’Ivoire, France, Italy, Morocco and Tunisia.

The event was organized by the Fondation Rurale Interjurassienne and supported by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Swiss Secrétariat d'Etat à l'économie (SECO).

Delegation members were able to share their experiences, and discussed the forthcoming day of contests for origin-linked products taking place in Tunisia at the end of November and the intention to develop this concept in Côte d’Ivoire. The event was organized in the framework of the UNIDO project, Projet d'accès aux marchés des produits agroalimentaires et de terroir (PAMPAT), which strengthens the organization and governance of selected value chains and their micro and small and medium enterprises in Morocco and Tunisia in order to improve productivity, quality compliance and production, thus improving their position in both domestic and export markets.

Origin-linked products can be defined as local products based on a territorial identity and reputation, and/or products based on specific modes of production and whose quality, reputation or any other characteristics are attributable essentially to their geographical origin.

National contests are a powerful tool to foster market access of typical food products by creating linkages between producers and consumers. They also promote quality and encourage healthy competition among producers and products from different regions.

For more information contact:

Ebe Muschialli



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