Two food exports from Cameroon are benefitting from a label that guarantees its region of origin. Oku white honey and Penja pepper are among the first African products to earn a 'geographical indications' or GI label which protects food unique to its region, like Italy's Parma ham and France's Roquefort cheese.
Until a few years ago, the notion of intellectual property was unknown in Africa. Now, countries are lining up to have their products registered. But as the orders pour in and prices shoot up, the challenge is how to guarantee quality -- ensuring that Cameroon's honey and pepper meets the high standards outlined by the protective label.