The ARISE+ IPR team supported IP officials from Cambodia and Lao PDR to attend the Advanced InterGI training on “The collective management of quality for Geographical Indications”, taking place from 23-28 September 2019 in Gruyere, Switzerland. The training was jointly organized by CIRAD, the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development, and REDD, a training and consultancy organisation based in Switzerland that supports sustainable agriculture through engagement with food producers and consumers.
During the one-week training, the participants had the opportunity to learn about the objectives, roles, functions, business model of the collective management organisations. Practical exercises were also conducted. Quality management along the value chain was also one of the topics developed during the training. Participants had the chance to carry out a study visit to the Maison de la Gruyere, for the Gruyère cheese Protected Denomination of Origin (PDO), interacting directly with the producers and sharing their expertise.