If you follow us regularly, you may have noticed a new article from the Khmer Times that we posted on our Facebook page about the importance of the protected geographical indication of Kampot pepper and its implications in the overall context. We have decided to translate and explain this important article to give you even more insight into the uniqueness of Kampot pepper.
The World Intellectual Property Organisation, otherwise known as WIPO, is an organisation that has been working since 1967 to ensure that the uniqueness of the intellectual and physical products of human culture is protected as much as possible. Among these products is the Kampot pepper, which is an integral part of Cambodia's agricultural culture, which for generations has been cultivated and bred into the best pepper in the world.
Last year, the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement, a treaty administered by WIPO, entered into force. In simple terms, it is a treaty that allows the various international organisations to clearly highlight the origin of their products and also the geographical indication.
These protective instruments help local producers to distinguish their products from others that are not of such quality, make them more visible and thus help them to earn more money.
One of the first countries to join the whole Geneva Act of Lisbon system is Cambodia, which has thus been given the opportunity to give some of its products a specific geographical indication. Unsurprisingly, it is Kampot pepper that has been given this honour, and its uniqueness makes it the first Cambodian product to be presented in Europe.
This clearly gives it a dominant position among other peppers, which clearly highlights not only the story of the peppercorns that grow in one of the most beautiful places in the world, but also the stories of the people who have been cultivating it for centuries. This opens up a whole new way for Kampot pepper to make its presence known throughout the world and show people how unique and intense the taste of pepper can really be.
So if you buy Kampot pepper, the PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) or GI (Geographical Indication) stamps will tell you that it is indeed a genuine Kampot pepper with all the trimmings.