One Country One Product initiative has been launched by FAO to develop special agricultural products

FAO launches Global Action on One Country bOne Priority Product [Image: courtesy]
The Food and Agriculture Organisation, a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger, has launched its global action on the Green Development of Special Agriculture Products: One Country One Product (OCOP).

It’s a move aiming to develop green and sustainable value chains for special agriculture products, support small and family farmers to reap the full benefits of the global market and ultimately help the transformation of current Agri-food systems and achievement of Sustainable Development Goals. (SDGs).

We have Agricultural products, considered as (SAPS). Special Agricultural Products are those with unique qualities and special characteristics associated with geographical locations and cultural heritages, which can significantly contribute to ensuring food security and healthy diets, supporting farmer’s livelihoods and economic growth while protecting the environment and biodiversity.

SAPs also have huge potential to be integrated into local, regional, and global trade.

“Today, global food supplies increasingly depend on just a few crops and products. Most Agri-food systems have high input, are resource-intensive, and lack integration, optimization, and innovation,” said QU Dongyu, Director-General, FAO.

Central to the global action is put to promote SAPs through innovation and green development for smallholders and family farming production models which can significantly contribute to the achieving of the 2030 agenda.

“The goal of this global action is to bring significant outcomes for national economic competitiveness, social inclusiveness, and sustainable development. The transformation of agrifood systems starts by identifying one product or specific crop. This one product then becomes an entry-point for new, concrete actions to achieve tangible results for better production, better nutrition, a better environment, and a better life for all, leaving no one behind,” said Qu.

It is an initiative aiming to optimize production systems; minimize food loss, waste, and misuse of agricultural chemicals and maximize integrated agricultural profits.