Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Colombia: the next #goodcoffee

The “Federación Nacional de Cafeteros de Colombia” has always been very active in protecting the “Café de Colombia” brand worldwide.

In 2005, Café de Colombia gained the protection as designation of origin (Denominación de Origen Protegida - DOP) in the country; two years later, in October 2007, Colombian Coffee became the first agricultural food product from a country that does not belong to the European Union to receive the EU PGI recognition.

The Federación is now trying to valorise regional varieties of Colombian coffee. This strategy of diversification has been recognised by the Superintendency of Industry and Commerce (SIC), which awarded the DOP to four regional varieties, including Café del Cauca, Huila and Nariño. In September 2014, a fifth variety has been awarded with a DOP by SIC (Resolution No. 50042 of 2014): Café de Santander.

For more information (in Spanish) regarding the area and method of production of Café de Santander: here.

For further account on Colombian GIs: Patricia Covarrubia, 'Colombia: Intellectual Property and Aboriginal Handicraft' in Sarah Sargent (ed), A New Millennium for Indigenous Rights: Challenges and Changes, Buckingham, University of Buckingham Press, 2014 (forthcoming).

Post written by Nicola Coppola, Bournemouth University.


Anonymous said...

Very interesting. It will be very interesting to read that article. In Colombia some GI have been used by the government in an Unrestrained way and out of their legal scope, for example with the GI Tejeduria Zenu.In fact, for many reasons it is not clear if GI are a good idea for aboriginal handicraft in Colombia.

Patricia Covarrubia said...
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Patricia Covarrubia said...

Indeed, I do have to agree-- whether GIs for aboriginal handicraft is a good idea is debatable. Moreover, GIs is not for every one, a case in mind would be the Peruvian potatoes. Going back to Colombia I read that it has been good for the Wayuu backpacks, not only economically speaking but actually that the population as a whole has recognised its (heritage) value.

Anonymous said...

Newspapers and press releases of the SIC and Expoartesanias are very optimistic about economic and heritage impact of GIs. I would read with caution that statements. There is not any real/empirical evidence or research of such good effects, especially in the Wayuu community. Taking in consideration the current conflict in the Guajira and the history of the Wayuu I am very skeptical about the advantages of GIs for them (see i.e. http://www.derechoshumanos.gov.co/Observatorio/Documents/2010/DiagnosticoIndigenas/Diagnostico_WAY%C3%9AU.pdf ) In fact, it could bring more problems that solutions for their lives.