By the end of this Food Quality
Certification – Adding Value To Farm Products and Profitability
Training, participants would become conversant with why Consumers,
retailers and farmers rely increasingly on logos and certification
schemes to help them identify and distinguish food produce.
A wide range of quality certification
schemes currently operate in Europe and their number continues to
increase. Over the last decade, agriculture has made an important shift,
emphasizing quality and specialisation. Globalisation will only
increase this tendency. Farmers and producers know and care about
production and processing techniques, ingredients, and origin of raw
materials. They also must follow high animal welfare, environmental and
labour standards that cannot be imposed in respect of imported foods.
Certification schemes provide a means by which producers can inform
their ultimate customers about their products—and give guarantees that
the information is well founded.
Some certification schemes also operate in the area of assuring compliance with compulsory standards.
This course examines how food quality
schemes work, the economics of schemes, their operation in the internal
market, and implications for global trade.
The economics of Food Quality Schemes
This workshop aims to identify how the
value added in food quality schemes is distributed along the food supply
chain. It focuses on the costs and benefits accruing to farmers but
goes beyond the microeconomic level to look at how food quality schemes
can have an impact on rural development in the wider sense (tourism,
infrastructure, employment, etc.). It also looks at consumers\'
willingness to pay for certified quality food. Methodological issues
will be discussed as well as evidence and results of existing studies.
Food Quality Schemes
This workshop provides an overview and
some analysis related to the types of schemes operating in the EU and
Africa. The workshop will examine the requirements that a scheme has to
fulfil in order to comply with the rules of the internal market and look
at the production standards required under the law that do not apply to
imported products from Third Countries. It will also present the
outcome of a public consultation on labelling of food products.
Food Quality Schemes in the international context
This workshop will examine the
international legal environment for food quality schemes and will look
at the impact that food quality schemes may have on imports from Third
Countries. It will try to identify means by which food quality schemes
operating in the EU market can be made more accessible to Third Country
operators and what sort of assistance may be needed to facilitate such
access. The workshop will also provide an international comparison of
systems used to protect consumers, with a view to assessing their role
as a tool for rural development.
Food Quality Schemes in close-up
This workshop will focus on practical
matters related to food quality schemes and attempt to identify best
practice in the fields of certification and control, benchmarking and
mutual recognition. It will discuss these issues in the context of some
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