Australia’s Regions and Agriculture: Can Geographical Indications Help?

Author: Peter Drahos (Australian National University)

Abstract
The paper outlines the results of a series of case studies carried out in Australia to assess the potential regional development benefits of geographical indications. The study involved 172 semi-structured interviews across a broad geographic swathe of Australia’s agricultural landscape and a diversity of food production value chains. The data suggests that a flexible, low-cost GI registration system could be a useful response to some local issues and conditions in particular regions and relating to particular problems.

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