The delegation of the European Union to Australia will host a seminar on how Australian producers of agricultural and food products could benefit from a system of Geographical Indications (GIs) as part of the Fine Foods Australia event in melbourne on 13 September. You will learn how the European system of GIs works and benefits agricultural producers and regional development across Europe, and how a similar system might work in Australia. The seminar will be followed by a ‘tasting’ session where you can sample European GI products.
Seminar presenters will discuss how producers (especially small producers) of GI products in Europe are able to establish a stronger position in the supply chain, get a better price and a better share of the added value. The advantages for consumers will also be explored, including preventing the over standardization of food and the development of a wider range of product choices. GIs also contribute to providing for consumers’ increasing interest in information on the origin of products and their specifications. Finally, GIs are a powerful tool for rural development allowing rural areas to maintain and increase economic activity.
Finally, GIs are a powerful tool for rural development allowing rural areas to maintain and increase economic activity.