The teaching material aims to bring to the attention of the students issues related to legal aspects of rural development through traditional products. Rural development is the process of improving the quality of life and economic well-being of people living in relatively isolated and sparsely populated areas. Rural areas are facing major challenges today which arise mainly from globalization, demographic changes and the rural migration of young people. Policies for rural areas aim to contribute in recognising and making use of its strengths and opportunities. Rural development is also an European concern.
First, this issue is to be discussed with law students of masters level in order to identify the level of information. At the same time there will be a discussion on globalization and its challenges and the opportunities offered to Albania (which is a member of the WTO) by marketing traditional products. In such a way, the students will be able to understand the important role of traditional products in the Albanian economy.
Second, the students will have an open lesson with representatives of the Institute of Organic Agriculuture Durrres, Bio Adria Association of Marketing, introducing agricultural traditional products in Albania. They will get information on steps to follow in order to label, register and market these products and what are the expected benefits.
The students together with the professor will decide on how to compile a questionnaries that will be distributed in rural areas of Durres and Tirana. The aim of the questionnaries is to gather data on the knowledge, information and level of awarness of people living in rural areas about the importance of traditional products in rural development and legal issues related, and how many of them do already produce and market such products.
The next step will be to present students with the EU and Albanian rules for the production, labelling and registration of traditional products.
After completing these stages, students should identify small or medium scale farms that produce tradional products, or that are interested in it, and will establish groups composed of 4-5 students that will support them in drafting the necessary documents for labelling and registering the products.