AGP - Horticulture and Diversification

AGP assists Member Countries in designing strategies and policies for the intensification and diversification of urban and peri-urban horticulture (fruits, vegetables, roots and tubers, mushrooms and ornamentals) and for the introduction, assessment and management of industrial crops and selected bioenergy crop options. The main purpose is to move from subsistence farming to income-generating agriculture by adding value to products to achieve greater returns for producers, and catalyzing public-private linkages between producers, processors, marketing chains and governments.

Greening Lubumbashi
An FAO-assisted project has created a flourishing urban and peri-urban horticulture sector in the city of Lubumbashi, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Take a very close look...

Activities include:

  • Increasing the availability of high quality and safe horticultural produce by developing improved crop management practices (e.g. organic farming, IPM and good farming practices) for sustainable and environmentally friendly horticultural crops production systems.
  • Promoting neglected and high value horticultural crops as possible diversification options, according with their economic interest of nutritive value, and to make the best use of available germplasm and bio-diversity within distinct agro-ecological zones.
  • Providing information on new industrial crops, under-utilized bioenergy crops, and wild harvested plants and husbandry technology based on Good Agricultural Practices.
  • Strengthening crop bioenergy information systems and platforms (e.g. ECOCROP and ECOPORT) and decision-tools that promote sustainable production systems and ecosystem services.
  • Supporting national, regional and international workshops, conferences, and projects for technology transfer.



Core Themes