Comparative analysis of the stages of the qualification process

Cerdan Claire. 2004. Comparative analysis of the stages of the qualification process. In : Promoting agricultural competitiveness through local know-how : a Workshop on Geographic Indication of Middle Eastern and North African Agri-Food Products. Summary of the Workshop, June 7-10 2004, Montpellier, France. Gerz Astrid (ed.), Danflous Jean-Paul (ed.), Cerdan Claire (ed.), Devautour Hubert (ed.). World Bank, France-Ministère de l'agriculture de l'alimentation de la pêche et des affaires rurales. Washington : World Bank, pp. 49-50. Workshop on Geographic Indications for Middle Eastern and North African Agri-Food Products, Montpellier, France, 7 June 2004/10 June 2004.

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Abstract : Product qualification is understood as consisting of the establishment of agreements among professionals regarding the characteristics of a product and the ways in which those characteristics can be obtained. Multiple interdependent factors play a determining role in the qualification process. These factors include the group of operators who are active (e.g., the types of producers, industrial companies, craft businesses, local institutions, territorial collectives, etc.); the characteristics and the specificity of the product; the intended market, and the oversight method. The latter term refers to the effects of cooperation among professionals within a given region or area. It is determined by the type of operators involved, their motivation, and the way in which they define their relationships with each other. The oversight method may be one of three types, i.e., sector-based, territorial, or mixed. The sector-based approach is fairly rare within the context of AOCs, but it does exist. In this case, the operators are interested primarily in the development of products for which an AOC can be granted (i.e., the acquisition of a plus-value). In the territorial approach, the goals of the operators consist primarily of defining a strategy for the development of local economic activities and for the preservation of existing practices. Thus, the GI approach is one way to mobilize the operators around project, and to mobilize collective action within a region. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Produit transformé, Contrôle de qualité, Appellation d'origine

Classification Agris : Q02 - Food processing and preservation

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Cerdan Claire, CIRAD-TERA-AFM (CMR)

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