Current Research Projects concerning Origin Labelled

DOLPHINS: Development of Origin Labelled Products: Humabity, Innovation and Sustainability (EU)

EUROMONTANA - Mountain Quality Products - "Strategic Information for the development of agricultural quality products in the European mountain areas"

Organic Marketing Initiatives and Rural Development (OMIaRD) - EU Project - INRA UREQUA, Le Mans


Development of Origin Labelled Products:
Humabity, Innovation and Sustainability

Aim of the project

The general aim of the Concerted Action DOLPHINS is to ease and strengthen exchanges of the scientific results of the researches conducted in European countries on origin labelled products (OLP). This has to be achieved by means of :

  • the setting-up of a network of scientists involved in research on OLPs,
  • the activation of dissemination instruments in order to meet the needs of citizens, policy-makers, researchers, firms and all the other operators involved in OLPs.

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Program type: Concerted action financed by the fifth framework of the European Community for the research, technological development and demonstration activities (1998-2002)

Starting date: 1st december 2000
Duration: 3 years

Scientific and professional partners:

  • INRA - UREQUA8, avenue René Laennec - 72000 Le Mans - France
  • CRITT CRISALIDE8, avenue René Laennec - 72000 Le Mans - France
  • INRA - ESR/ETIC - BP 27 - 31326 Castanet Tolosan - France
    INRA - LRDEQuartier Grossetti - BP 8 - 20250 Corte - France
  • 10, rue des Arènes - 72000 Le Mans
    Università di Parma - Istituto di Economia Agraria e ForestaleDipartimento di EconomiaVia Kennedy 6 - 43100 Parma - Italia
  • Università di Verona - Dipartimento Economie Società ed IstituzioniSezione Politica Economica Agraria - Via dell'Artigliere, 8 - 37100 Verona - Italia
    Centro Ricerche produzioni animali (CRPA)Corso Garibaldi, 42 - 42100 Reggio Emilia - Italia
  • Università di Firenze - Dipartimento di Scienze EconomicheVia Curtatone, 1 - 50123 Firenze - Italia
  • SRVA - Avenue Jordils, 1 - CP 128 - 1000 Lausanne 6 - Swtizerland
    ETHZ - Institut d'Economie Rurale - Antenne Romande - Génie RuralGR Ecublens - 1015 Lausanne - Switzerland
  • Université de Lausanne - C/o OIC - CP - 1000 Lausanne 6 - Switzerland
    Association suisse pour la promotion des AOC & IGP - 1936 Verbier Village - Switzerland
  • Technische Universität Munchen-Weihenstephan - Department für Wirtschafts-und Sozialwissenschaften - Fachgebiet für Marktlehre der Agrar- und ErnährungswirtschaftAlte Akademie 14 - 85354 - Freising - Deutschland
  • Diputation General de Aragon - Servicio de Investigacion AgroalimentariaUnidad de Economia Agraria176, Carretera de Montaña - Apartado 727 - 50080 Zaragoza - Espana
  • Universidad de Lleida - ETSIA - CTFCSolsona - Edifici 1 - Rovira Rourre, 177 - 25198 Lleida - Espana
  • Universidad Pùblica de Navarra - Departemento de Gestion de EmpresasCampus de Arrosadia - 31006 Pamplona - España
  • University of Newcastle - Department of Agricultural Economics and Food Marketing (AEFM) - Kings Walk - Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 7RU - UK
  • University of Edinburgh - Institute of Ecology and Resource Management (IERM)Edinburgh School of Agriculture - West Mains Road - EH9 3JG Edinburgh - UK
  • Fondation Universitaire Luxembourgeoise - SEED185, avenue de Longwy - 6700 Arlon - Belgium
  • University of Helsinki - Department of Economics and ManagementPO Box 27 - Latokartononkaari 9 - Viikki - 00014 University of Helsinki - Finland
  • Instituto Nacional de Investigação Agraria - Estaçao Agronomica Nacional - Departamento de Estudos de Economia e Sociologia Agrarias (DEESA)Av. da Republica - 2784-505 Oeiras - Portugal)
  • Universidade de Tras os Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD)Departemento de Economia e SociologiaAvenida Almeida Lucena 1- 5000 Vila Real - Portugal
  • Direcção Regional de Agricultura de Entre Douro e Minho - Divisão Produção Animal - Quinta do Pinho - 4800-875 San Torcato - Portugal

Expected results:

  • to better understand the characteristics and the evolution of OLPs in the agro-food system, also by analysing the links and synergies between OLPs and local/global production and marketing systems, rural development with particular reference to employment in rural areas and consumers/citizens,
  • to provide tools for an assessment of public policies at various levels concerning PDO-PGI and other OLPs and the effects of legal protection, financial support and public promotional initiatives on production and marketing systems, competition policy, rural development, consumers/citizens' concerns and expectations,
  • to provide relevant recommendations to the EU in order to better prepare and support the negotiation process in the framework of the WTO Round regarding the protection and promotion of OLP

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EUROMONTANA - Mountain Quality Products - "Strategic Information for the development of agricultural quality products in the European mountain areas" EUROMONTANA - Mountain Quality Products

Aim of the project :
This 2-year project aims at promoting the development of mountain quality products in European mountains areas through 2 means:

  • the setting-up of a Strategic Information System ( on Internet) for diverse professional users that will be seen as a real tool for the development of mountain quality products;

  • the establishment of recommendations on a European scale, on the basis of the study programme results on various points (legislation, products protection, trading, European initiatives project, …).


web site of the project :


Source of founding : under the 5th Framework Programme of the European Commission.

Program type: Accompanying Measures Contract financed by the fifth framework Programme for Research and Development of the European Union.

Starting date: October 2002
Duration: 2 years

Coordinator : Euromontana - 46, rue Philippe le Bon, 1000 Brussels - Belgium

13 Scientific and professional partners:
  • ISARA : Institut supérieur d'agriculture Rhône Alpes, 31, Place Bellecour, 69 288 Lyon Cedex 02 - France
  • SUACI - Service d'Utilité Agricole à compétence interdépartementale, Rue Métropole, 11, 73 000 Chambéry - France
  • SUAIA - Service d'Utilité Agricole Interchambres d'Agriculture, 32, avenue du Générale de Gaulle, 09 000 Foix, France
  • Autonomous Province of Trento (P.A.T.), (Division forEuropean Affairs): Servizio Rapporti Comunitari, Via Romagnosi, 9, 38 100 Trento, Italie
  • Province of Torino: Assessorato Agricoltura e Sviluppo Rurale della Provincia de Torino: Via Lagrange, n°2, 10 123 Torino, Italie
  • FAER: PO Box 35, Dedradului, n°11, 4 225 Reghin, Romania
  • Agricultural Research and Training Institute (CIFA-Cordoba and Sevilla): PO Box 3092, Alameda del Obispo s/n, 14 080 Cordoba, Espagne
  • Western Norway Research Institute (WNRI): PO Box 163, Sognahallen, 6851 Sogndal, Norway
  • Nekazal Ikerketa eta Teknologia (IKT), Granja Modelo s/n, 01 192 Arkaute (Alava), Spain
  • Agenzia per la Garanzia della Qualita in Agricoltura (A.Q.A.): Via Edmondo Mach, 1, 38 010 San Michele all'Adige (Trento), Italy
  • KPPZ AR - Department of Animal Products Technology, University of Agriculture of Krakow, Al. 29-Listopada 52, 31-425 Cracow, Poland
  • HIE - Highland and Island Enterprise, Cowan House, Inverness retail and Business park, Inverness, Scotland, IV2 7GF, UK
  • CME - Mediterranean Centre for the Environment, Polynikous 2 - 17455 Alimos - Greece

Expected results:
On the basis of findings from 2 sets of questionnaire in 10 study areas, the programme will enable:

  1. to give strategic tools to professional actors for the development of adding value to Mountain quality products in Europe;
  2. to develop a professional European network to work on mountain product issues;
  3. to enhance the development and promotion of mountain products in Europe. This includes the setting-up of a first characterisation of mountain quality products.

For the methodology approach and the milestones, please see the attached document.
- Euromontana Newsletter of september 2003 : PDF in english - PDF in french -

Organic Marketing Initiatives and Rural Development (OMIaRD)

Aim of the project :
The rapid increase in production of organic food is creating new and more complex challenges for marketing, from vegetable box schemes to large cooperatives supplying the precise quality and volume demands of supermarkets. This project will examine all aspects of the marketing of organic produce in Europe, to develop strategies that both satisfy environmentally and ethically conscious consumers, and support the development of new jobs and improved incomes in rural communities. The two major aims are to investigate potential for developing the environmental, ethical and regional product characteristics of organic farm outputs; and to identify and contribute to the development of marketing institutions and strategies that correspond to the satisfaction of these growing dimensions of consumer demand.

Core Topics: organic farming, consumer demand, market development and policy, sustainable rural development and marketing strategies

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Source of founding : under the 5th Framework Programme of the European Commission.

Program type: EU Project

Starting date: January 2001
Duration: 3 years

Involves 9 Other European Universities.

Scientific and professional partners:
  • Professor Peter Midmore, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, Welsh Institute of Rural Studies , United Kingdom - Coordinator -
  • Raffaele Zanoli, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ancona, Italy
  • Ulrich Hamm, University of Applied Sciences, Neubrandenburg, Germany
  • Bertil Sylvander, National Institute of Agricultural Research (INRA), Le Mans, France
  • Otto Schmid, Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Frick, Switzerland
  • Jouni Kujala, Mikkeli Institute for Rural Research and Training, Mikkeli, Finland
  • Markus Schermer, Institute of High Mountain Research and Alpine Agriculture and Forestry, University of Innsbruck, Austria
  • Niels Kristensen, Department of Manufacturing, Engineering and Management, Technical University of Denmark
  • Helmut Laberenz, University of Applied Sciences, Hamburg, Germany
  • Eva Thelen, Institute of Trade and Marketing, University of Innsbruck, Austria

Expected results:
The project is designed to produce workable results for improved marketing, as well as to inform policymakers.