Agriculture plays an important role in the Turkish economy, both in economic and social terms. It constitutes eight percent of the national GDP and provides around 24 percent of total employment. In Bursa province this agricultural tradition is even further amplified: in 2014, 61 percent of Turkey’s vegetables were produced in Bursa.
The development of origin-based labels – or Geographical Indications (GIs) – for local products that have market potential can be an effective way to achieve market differentiation and add value to both fresh and processed products. Confronted with the misuse of the “Bursa brand” by producers outside of Turkey, the region’s producers are becoming increasingly keen on protecting their products.
Under the FAO-EBRD cooperation, the two organizations have been supporting the development of GIs in Turkey as a tool for enhancing sustainable value chains. This support has come in the shape of pilot GIs in the Bursa region, which have the potential to pioneer protection for other producers in the region and nationwide. This support stands alongside the institutional, legal and regulatory development of a GI system in the country.
In collaboration with the University of Uludag, the joint project has helped to create an association of producers who, together, have been able to develop and manage GIs. In addition they have established a certification and control system to manage and maintain the quality and traceability of products.
Ultimately, the goal of the project is to enhance the quality of products, add value to the Turkish agrifood sector and improve export opportunities. The project is organised around three main components:
(i) strengthening the legal and institutional framework of GIs in Turkey;
(ii) developing pilot origin-based quality labels (GIs) that can demonstrate good practices;
(iii) disseminating lessons learned regarding the development of GIs.
|EU regulation for GI||ENG||download|
|Good practices and GIs examples in the world||ENG||download|
|Launching seminar participants list||TURKISH||download|
|What is a GI?||TURKISH||download|
|Book of Specification||ENG||download|
|Final seminar participants list||ENG||download|
|Final seminar programme||ENG||download|
|Sertac Dokuzlu presentation||TURKISH||download|
|Bursa GIs - Product Selection report||ENG||download|
|Organoleptic, Physical and Chemical Analysis of Bursa Black Fig||ENG||download|
|Organoleptic, Physical and Chemical Analysis of of Bursa Peach||ENG||download|
|Technical and Scientific Report of Bursa Black Fig||ENG||download|
|Technical and Scientific Report of Bursa Peach||ENG||download|
|Book of Specification of Bursa Black Fig||ENG||download|
|Book of Specification of Bursa Peach||ENG||download|
|Certification and control options report||ENG||download|
|Control plan of Bursa Black Fig||ENG||download|
|Control plan of Bursa Peach||ENG||download|
|Article on Protecting Turkey’s Bursa black figs and Bursa peaches||ENG||view|
|Article on Turkey moves to raise the profile of its horticultural products||ENG||URL||view|
|Meeting page on Study Tour, March 2017||ENG||URL||view|
|Technical assessment of the Turkish legal framework for GIs||ENG||download|
|Video on Sweet treats from Turkey: protecting Bursa’s black figs and peaches||ENG/TURKISH||URL||view|
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