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Geographical Indication to Build up Resilient Rural Economies: A Case Study from Ghana

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Department of Veterinary Medical Sciences, University of Bologna, Ozzano dell’Emilia, 40064 Bologna, Italy
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Department of Economics and Law, University of Cassino and Southern Lazio, 03043 Cassino, Italy
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Sustainability 2020, 12(5), 2052; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12052052
Received: 31 January 2020 / Revised: 25 February 2020 / Accepted: 3 March 2020 / Published: 6 March 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Geographical Indications, Public Goods, and Sustainable Development)
This paper deals with Geographical Indications (GI) as a critical strategy aimed to boost agri-food local supply chain and rural development. The main concern of this work, therefore, is to verify how the identification of these products and establishment of GI systems can propel sustainable development in local areas in Africa. Two assumptions are at the basis of our paper: viable GI systems can be established in Africa, and the establishment of a GI system can stimulate rural development. In order to clarify the process of GI setting up and valorization, we will test GI virtuous circle and the rural web, with the purpose of exploring the multiple dimensions (endogeneity, social capital, sustainability, novelty, institutional arrangements, governance of markets) interfering in the process at both the agri-food supply chain and rural context levels of analysis. The analysis is applied to the shea butter production in Ghana and will employ primary data. Questionnaires and interviews were administered in the study area (Yendi Municipality of Ghana) to gather both qualitative and quantitative data. Our analysis confirms the potentialities of the shea butter as GI, by underlying its engine for the development of local rural communities. View Full-Text
Keywords: geographical indications; shea butter; Africa; rural web; GI virtuous circle geographical indications; shea butter; Africa; rural web; GI virtuous circle
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Vecchio, Y.; Iddrisu, A.-L.; Adinolfi, F.; De Rosa, M. Geographical Indication to Build up Resilient Rural Economies: A Case Study from Ghana. Sustainability 2020, 12, 2052. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12052052

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Vecchio Y, Iddrisu A-L, Adinolfi F, De Rosa M. Geographical Indication to Build up Resilient Rural Economies: A Case Study from Ghana. Sustainability. 2020; 12(5):2052. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12052052

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Vecchio, Yari, Abdul-Latif Iddrisu, Felice Adinolfi, and Marcello De Rosa. 2020. "Geographical Indication to Build up Resilient Rural Economies: A Case Study from Ghana" Sustainability 12, no. 5: 2052. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12052052

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