10/05/2022 

Countries throughout Asia and the Pacific are becoming a member of an initiative to promote and showcase the ‘best of the best’ of their particular agricultural products – a transfer designed to guarantee a excessive stage of participation from smallholders to producers to exporters and others all alongside the worth chain.

To assist construct momentum, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) at this time launched the ‘Global Action on Green Development of Special Agricultural Products: One Country One Priority Product (OCOP) in Asia and the Pacific,’ encouraging countries of the Region to be part of the initiative, growing inexperienced worth chains and selling their particular agricultural products internationally.

Close to 250 members from countries throughout Asia and the Pacific attended the digital launch, together with Ministers of Agriculture, senior authorities officers, technical consultants, and representatives of growth companions, analysis institutes, and personal sector. Specialists from different areas of the world additionally joined the occasion.

OCOP was launched globally by the FAO Director-General, QU Dongyu, in September 2021. The launch of this regional, Asia-Pacific Global Action of OCOP goals to develop inexperienced and sustainable worth chains for particular agricultural products, whereas supporting smallholders and household farmers reap the complete advantages of entry to a worldwide market, in the end serving to the transformation of present agrifood techniques. The final purpose is to obtain higher manufacturing, higher vitamin, a greater setting and a greater life for all – leaving nobody behind.

In a gap handle, Beth Bechdol, FAO Deputy Director-General, outlined the various specialty agricultural products the area has to supply to the world. “The Asia-Pacific area is particular, house to greater than 50 % of the world inhabitants and with a concentrate on agriculture and rural growth,” she mentioned, including that participation in OCOP was an ideal alternative for all countries within the area.

High-level participation

The regional OCOP launch occasion included the participation and shows of Government Ministers from China, Indonesia, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Samoa and Thailand. Ministerial-level interventions have been additionally made on behalf of their governments by members from Bhutan and the Solomon Islands.

Resource companions from the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, University of Western Australia, South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation Agriculture Centre, Grow Asia and International Trade Centre additionally joined the launch. All members highlighted the potential advantages of the Global Action and signaled their commitments to the OCOP initiative.

The Government Ministers from Asia and the Pacific nations spoke extremely of the particular agricultural products their countries and sub-regions can supply the world – products that go nicely past the staple meals that most individuals eat.

Examples given have been greens and herbs which have a number of values and makes use of equivalent to cooking, conventional medicines, meals dietary supplements and people which may help to preserve biodiversity and assist farming communities. A larger concentrate on export by means of horticulture and money crops was additionally mentioned as was the promotion of quinoa, a extremely nutritious meals.

Participants additionally famous that by means of leveraging OCOP, it will be attainable to achieve larger entry to inputs equivalent to improved varieties; investing in climate-smart know-how, land administration, farm mechanization, and equally vital, market entry and commerce facilitation.

Asia and the Pacific – a area with extra to supply than simply rice and fish

FAO Senior Policy Officer and Regional Lead on OCOP Xuan Li introduced the regional OCOP implementation plan for Asia and the Pacific, stating that work and partnership-building is nicely underway. She famous that the OCOP initiative builds upon the One Village One Product (OVOP) expertise from countries throughout the area, which emphasised that the cultivation of assorted forms of enterprise entities and built-in inexperienced agriculture have been keys to success.

The OCOP initiative locations important emphasis on growing Special Agricultural Products (SAPs) which have distinctive qualities and particular traits related to geographical places, farming practices and cultural heritages. In some circumstances, these SAPs are vital examples of underutilized species which haven’t obtained the identical consideration as generally produced agricultural products.

“Compared to staple meals crops, SAPs haven’t but absolutely benefited from agricultural and rural growth programmes, however they’ll considerably contribute to making certain meals safety and wholesome diets, supporting sustainable growth and enhancing farmers’ livelihoods and financial progress, whereas defending the setting and biodiversity,” mentioned Jong-Jin Kim, FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific.

“Because they’ve this nice potential, now we have seen the keen curiosity proven right here by FAO Members and others on this area. It is a testomony to the nice potentialities of OCOP in Asia and the Pacific,” he added.

Kim mentioned he believed beneath the sturdy management of the governments, this vital initiative, by selling meals system transformation and rural growth within the area, might considerably contribute to attaining the 2030 Agenda – specifically SDG 1 (End poverty), SDG2 (Zero starvation) and SDG10 (Reduce inequalities).

 


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