FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

Asia-Pacific Regional Launch Event of the Global Action on Green Development of Special Agricultural Products: One Country One Priority Product (OCOP)", on 10 May 2022 at 10.00-12.00 hours (GMT +7)

10/05/2022-10/05/2022 Bangkok, Thailand


Join in FAO for the Asia-Pacific Regional Launch Event of the Global Action on Green Development of Special Agricultural Products (SAPs): “One Country One Priority Product” (OCOP). 

Agricultural production systems encompassing crop, livestock, fisheries and forestry production, play an essential role in meeting the increasing demands for food, feed, fiber and fuel, which are closely linked to the rapid global population growth and substantially contribute to various UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the 2030 Agenda, particularly SDG 2, aiming to eliminate hunger.

Achieving productivity increases and healthy diets, while enhancing the livelihoods of the world’s small- scale agricultural producers and other agri-food actors under a continuously changing climate and environment, are global challenges. However, agricultural production systems still lack integration, optimization, diversification and innovation, while relying on the intensive use of agricultural inputs and natural resources. Today, global food supplies increasingly rely on just a few crops and food products. Moreover, the yield potential of traditional major food crops (rice, maize and wheat) is limited, with an annual increase of about 1 percent while a nutrition gap still exists due to the insufficient supply of nutrient-rich foods. 

Special Agricultural Products (SAPs) are the agricultural products with unique qualities and special characteristics associated with geographical locations and cultural heritages. They are an important example of underutilized resources that can significantly contribute to ensuring food security and healthy diets, supporting farmers’ livelihoods and economic growth while protecting the environment and biodiversity. SAPs include all kinds of agricultural products, recognized (or having the potential to be recognized) as symbolic national or local agricultural products, but have not benefited from local agricultural and rural development programmes to the extent of commonly grown staple crops (e.g. rice, wheat, maize, soybean and potato). SAPs have huge potential to be integrated into local, regional, and global markets and trade. Development of SAPs can help address the challenges mentioned above, including natural resource constraints, environmental pollution, ecological degradation, and climate change. 

The OCOP was launched by FAO Director-General in September 2021. As a corporate initiative, the OCOP is developed to support FAO Members to transform agri-food systems to be more efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable through the green development of the special agro-products (SAPs). By promoting inclusive, profitable, and environmentally sustainable food systems through the green production, storage, processing, and marketing, the OCOP is intended to address five major global challenges, including (1) increasing productivity and ensuring healthy diets, (2) reducing food loss and waste, and protecting biodiversity, (3) saving water and optimizing land uses, (4) minimizing agricultural chemical inputs, and (5) mitigating and adapting to climate change. OCOP is a country-owned and country-led initiative which is inclusive to all FAO Members.  

Against this background, FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (RAP) has organized the Regional OCOP Launch on 10 May 2022. OCOP opens to all Member States to join. Governments has leadership and ownership on OCOP. OCOP is country inclusive, product inclusive, food system inclusive and stakeholder inclusive.

Objectives of Regional Launch Event:

  • Officially launch the Global Action on Green Development of Special Agricultural Products: “One Country One Priority Product” (OCOP) in the region of Asia and the Pacific.
  • Engage with FAO Members and partners in the region to cooperate and implement the Global Action.
  • Engage a wide group of diverse stakeholders to participate actively in the implementation of the Global Action.

Contact: Xuan Li, Senior Policy Officer and OCOP Regional Lead, FAO RAP ([email protected])

Agenda (to update table below)




Facilitator: Mr. Sridhar Dharmapuri, Senior Food Safety and Nutrition Officer, FAO RAP

1. Welcome Remarks

Mr. Jong-Jin Kim, ADG and Regional Representative, FAO RAP

2. Opening Remarks

Ms. Beth Bechdol, Deputy Director General

3. Overview of the Global Action on OCOP

Mr. Jingyuan Xia, Director NSP, OCOP Secretariat, FAO Headquarters

4. Regional Organization Plan on Implementation of OCOP

Ms. Xuan Li, Senior Policy Officer, Regional Focal Point on OCOP, FAO RAP

5. Country Addresses on OCOP
  • H.E. Syahrul Yasin Limpo, Minister for Agriculture, Indonesia
  • Hon. La'aulialemalietoa Leuatea Polataivao, Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries, Samoa
  • H.E. Chalermchai Sri-on, Minister for Agriculture and Cooperatives, Thailand
  • H.E. LI Jinxiang, Chief Veterinary Officer, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, China
  • H.E. Thongphat Vongmany, Deputy Minister for Agriculture and Forestry, Lao PDR
  • H.E. Thinley Namgyel, Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Bhutan (speak on behalf of H.E. Yeshey Penjor, Minister for Agriculture and Forests)
  • Hon. Ethel Frances, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development,  Solomon Islands (speak on behalf of Hon. Augustine Auga, Minister for Agriculture and Livestock)


6. Addresses from partners
  • Mr Pema Gyamtsho, Director General, The International Center for Integrated Mountain Development;
  • Prof. Kadambot Siddique, Agriculture Chair and Director, University of Western Australia & FAO Special Ambassador for the International Year of Pulses 2016;
  • Mr Md. Baktear Hossain, Director, the SAARC Agriculture Center
  • Mr. Reginald Lee, Head of Knowledge and Programs, Grow Asia;
  • Mr Robert Skidmore, Chief, Sector Competitiveness Section, International Trade Centre


7. Interventions from the floor
  • Ms Mossammat Samsunnahar, Director, Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute
  • Mr Nhan Dang Quy, Deputy of OCOP Division, National Coordination Office of the NTP on New Rural Development, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Viet Nam
8. Message from RAP

Mr Jiaoqun Shi, Special Adviser, South-south and Triangular Cooperation, FAO RAP

9. Concluding Remark

Mr. Jong-Jin Kim, Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative, FAO RAP



Concept Note and Agenda 

Record of the event 

Opening remarks by Beth Bechdol, Deputy Director-General, FAO 

Presentation by Mr. Jingyuan Xia: Key Components on Global Action Plan on Green Development of Special Agricultural Products 

Presentation by Ms Xuan Li: Regional Organization Plan on Implementation of OCOP in Asia and the Pacific 

Presentation by Prof. Siddique: Diversified Food System to Enhance Food Security and Nutrition in the Asia Pacific Region 

Presentation by Ms Shamsunnahar: Bangladesh 

Press release 

OCOP group photo 

Background on OCOP 

  1. OCOP Global Action Plan (Updated 14 April 2022)
  2. Concept Note for Global Action on Green Development of Special Agricultural Products: “One Country One Priority Product”

Learn more about OVOP in the Asia-Pacific region