Local products are the answer
In collaboration with UNIDO, FAO and WIPO, the Centre will implement “Valorization of local products as a lever for local economic development: the role of export consortia and geographical indications”, a new training activity, from 22 October 2012.
Agriculture and handicrafts are the main source of income for large populations in developing countries. Many countries are therefore promoting the development of strategies to allow these producers to better perform in an increasingly competitive environment. Enhancing local products will increase the revenue of small producers and protect their jobs while preserving traditional knowledge, biodiversity and cultural heritage. Promoting rural areas as tourist destinations will also strengthen their economic development.
Based on its international experience of collective promotion of local products (agricultural or artisanal), UNIDO developed a methodology to help producers, through quality consortia. These institutionalize partnership strategies specifically focused on adding value to traditional regional products in the agri-food sector.
The training consists of a residential phase at the Centre (22-31 October), a 15 hour on-line phase (5-20 November), and a 60 hour on-line phase (26 November 2012 – 22 April 2013).
As part of the training, participants will visit quality consortia in Italy, as well as the Slow Food Terra Madre event, held every two years in Turin, with more than 5,000 producers of typical products from all over the world.