Start date : month 3 (02/2001)

Completion date : month 18 (05/2002)


Team of the WP 2

  • Partner responsible : Luis Miguel Albisu
  • Assistants :
    • Kate Corcoran
    • Kees de Roest
  • Researchers



  • analysis of theoretical and analytical tools and methods used in the analysis of OLP local production systems, of vertical co-ordination mechanisms among firms, in supply chain and agro-food system analysis, of local-global connections,
  • analysis of local production and marketing systems related to OLP products (case-studies), differences from production and marketing systems related to "conventional" or other typologies of high-quality food products,
  • environment and sustainability of OLP production and marketing systems,
  • impact on employment and income (firms and local systems),
  • role of information, transmission, education, formation, training,
  • marketing of OLP products : analysis of the different marketing channels and distribution methods used, modern distribution and traditional marketing channels, new promotional and marketing methods,
  • policies : analysis of public policies affecting the link between OLP and production and marketing system, with special reference to Common Agricultural Policy and Agenda 2000, international trade liberalisation, WTO,
  • assessing the legal protection of OLP with regards to EU and WTO regulations and providing EU with diagnosis of negotiation basis,
  • identifying needs for further research.

Two plenary meetings are planned.
In the first meeting, each participant group brings experiences and results of research activities in its country of origin with reference to previous mentioned objectives of the WP, and identifies the most important topics and issues to be developed and deepened for the second meeting of Task1. The first plenary meeting will give the opportunity to exchange research results and methodologies, to discuss the main issues in order to meet the objectives, and to select relevant common issues to be developed.
Development of selected issues will be based on bibliographical research, discussions and interviews with firms, public institutions and other relevant operators, information and experience exchanges within WP2 participants.
The second plenary meeting will put together further development of research activities, and the results of the activity will be brought on to develop the selected specific issues.


  • WP2 report about the state of the art on the basis of meeting minutes, including bibliographical analysis and special part collecting reports on selected relevant issues. The report gives also a basic support to EU for WTO negotiation process.
  • Part 2 of the preliminary working document on WTO's negotiation.

Team of the WP 2

Partner responsible