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Regional Products and Rural Livelihoods: A Study on Geographical Indications from India

N. Lalitha (Author) Soumya Vinayan (Author)

In the realm of trade, there exists a long tradition of labelling products with the emphasis on their place of origin to convey their quality. These products with Geographical Indications (GIs) tag, in the parlance of intellectual property rights, indicate the link between the geographic location and the product and represent the collective rights of the territory-specific communities that are engaged in the production of that commodity. With its entry into the World Trade Organization, India has implemented GI within a legal framework.

Through select case studies of products like textiles and crafts in South India, Regional Products and Rural Livelihoods looks at the ramifications of GI implementation at macro and micro levels. It explores the involvement of stakeholders with respect to the reputation of a place/community and the institutional challenges that emerge in the process of GI implementation. This volume highlights the need for collective action by stakeholders to actualize economic gains through GI and analyses its possible outcomes, such as improved livelihoods for producers and authentic products for the consumers.

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About the author

N. Lalitha

Dr. N. Lalitha holds M.A. degrees in Economics, Women’s studies and Gandhian thought, M.Ed., M.Phil and Ph.D. in Economics. She won Medal for securing first rank in M.A. (Women’s studies) at Mother Teresa Women’s University, Kodaikanal. Presently, Reader in the Faculty of Rural Development, Gandhigram rural Institute (D.U.) Gandhigram, she has presented papers in several International, National and Regional seminars and workshops. A seasoned teacher having nearly one and half decade of professional standing, she is the author of many research papers, articles, monographs and books on a variety of issues relating to empowerment of women, self help groups, micro credit, rural women and Rural Development. She has been involved in development projects with emphasis on alternate credit delivery systems and women’s empowerment. She has undertaken projects on women self help groups, women co-operatives and women in poverty alleviation programmes. She has been guiding scholars working for M.Phil and Ph.D. degree. She is in the network of Non Governmental SHG Federations. She has been involved in developmental projects with emphasis on alternate credit delivery systems. Currently, she is running an Action research project on Self Help Groups and Self Help promoting Institutions funded by CAPART and a research project on Micro credit Intervention and Women Empowerment funded by ICSSR.

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Title Regional Products and Rural Livelihoods: A Study on Geographical Indications from India
Format Hardcover
Date published: 06.03.2019
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9780199489695
length 220p.