Support to quality food products in Croatia for improved backward linkages between local agrifood companies and farmers. This project funded by the EBRD and whose technical supervision was entrusted to FAO, aimed on the one hand to strengthen the capacity of the institutions competent for geographical indications in Croatia. In this context, the project provides particular support to the Committee on Geographical Indications established within the Ministry of Agriculture, On the other hand, the project supported two products with geographical indications, the Mandarin of the Neretva and Kulen Baranja. In both cases, the objective was to assist value chain stakeholders in the process of product registration and the establishment of organizations that can make the best use of the GI and to initiate collective actions.
By the end of the project in October 2013, the recived assistance allowed the registration of the Kulen of Baranja, PGI and the Neretva Mandarines PDO. The example of the two GIs triggered other initiatives of GI registration, as it is the case of the Kulen from Slavonia whose producers resume a process abandoned few years ago. In the Neretva Delta the Neretva Fruit Grower Association that includes growers and packers has developed, with the assistance of the project, a sound traceability system and submitted the file for registration of the Neretva Mandarine PDO. The project also trained public administration staff in Geographical Indications identification, inspection of application and GI certification. The Croat administration has immensely benefitted from the acquired skills and expertise, key at the moment of the EU accession in June 2013.
- Contact person: Pascal Bernardoni
- Years of project: 2011 – 2013
- Partners: FAO & BERD