Regional Knowledge Platform on One Country One Priority Product (OCOP) in Africa

The One Country One Priority Product (OCOP) initiative in Africa aims to build more sustainable food value chain systems, support family and smallholder farmers to be profitable and improve their livelihoods, minimize the use of chemical inputs and natural resources, reduce food loss and waste, and limit the negative impacts on the environment. It does this through green value chain development for Special Agriculture Products (SAPs), from green production to storage, processing and marketing.

OCOP is an opportunity for African countries to revisit or revamp value chains of important local agriculture products, in collaboration with FAO and other partners, to reap the rewards.

The OCOP initiative coincides with a growing need to diversify agricultural products to meet global consumption needs, and as climate change threatens productivity levels. It recognises that these challenges can be mitigated or overcome through innovation and collaboration.

OCOP also provides a platform for countries to learn from each other so that no one is left behind.

All African FAO Members are encouraged to join the initiative. It is country-owned and country-led.

With the commitment of governments, African countries can become key contributors to regional and international markets for their agriculture products, and drive progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals, including ending poverty and hunger and reducing inequalities.

Countries and their Special Agricultural Products (SAPs)

Benin

  • Special Agricultural Product: Honey
  • Type of product: Foresty, Breeding
  • Implementation Location: Tropics, Mountains, Plantations and Forests
  • Thematic Area: Green Production, Green Transformation

Cameroon

  • Special Agricultural Product: Banana
  • Type of Product: Heritage, Horticulture
  • Implementation Location: Tropics
  • Thematic Area: Green Production, Green Transformation

Chad

  • Special Agricultural Product: Meat
  • Type of product: Breeding
  • Implementation Location: Drylands, Mountains
  • Thematic Area: Green Production, Green Transformation

Democratic Republic of the Congo

  • Special Agricultural Product: Cassava
  • Type of Product: Heritage
  • Implementation Location: Tropics, Urban and Semi-Urban Areas
  • Thematic Area: Green Production, Green Transformation

Djibouti

  • Special Agricultural Product: Date Palm (Dates)
  • Type of Product: Horticulture, Forest
  • Implementation Location: Mountains, Drylands
  • Thematic Area: Green Production, Green Transformation

Equatorial Guinea

  • Special Agricultural Product: Cacao
  • Type of Product: Field
  • Implementation Location: Tropics
  • Thematic Area: Green Production, Green Processing

Eritrea

  • Special Agricultural Product: Potato
  • Type Of Product: Horticulture
  • Implementation Location: Tropics, Mountainous Areas
  • Thematic Area: Green Production, Green Storage

Eswatini

  • Special Agricultural Product: Baby Vegetables
  • Type of Product: Horticulture
  • Implementation Location: Drylands
  • Thematic Area: Green Production, Green Marketing

Ethiopia

  • Special Agricultural Product: Teff
  • Type of product: Field Crop
  • Implementation Location: Tropics
  • Thematic Area: Green Production, Green Storage

Gabon

  • Special Agricultural Product: Maize
  • Type of Product: Heritage
  • Implementation Location: Tropics, Plains
  • Thematic Area: Green Production, Green Transformation

The Gambia

  • Special Agricultural Product: Groundnut
  • Type of Product: Field Crop
  • Implementation Location: Tropics
  • Thematic Area: Green Production, Green Processing

Ghana

  • Special Agricultural Product: Soyabean
  • Type of Product: Field Crop
  • Implementation Location: Tropics, Drylands
  • Thematic Area: Green Production, Green Processing

Guinea

  • Special Agricultural Product: Maize
  • Type of Product: Heritage
  • Implementation Location: Urban and Semi-Urban Areas 
  • Thematic Area: Green Production, Green Processing

Guinea Bissau

  • Special Agricultural Product: Cashew
  • Type of Product: Heritage
  • Implementation Location: Every Region  
  • Thematic Area: Green Production, Green Transformation

Lesotho

  • Special Agricultural Product: Potato
  • Type of Product: Field Crop
  • Implementation Location: Drylands, Mountains
  • Thematic Area: Green Production

Malawi

  • Special Agricultural Product: Green Banana
  • Type of Product: Horticulture
  • Implementation Location: Drylands, Mountains
  • Thematic Area: Green Production, Green Processing

Mali

  • Special Agricultural Product: Meat
  • Type Of Product: Breeding
  • Thematic Area: Green Production, Green Transformation

Niger

  • Special Agricultural Product: Milk
  • Type of Product: Breeding
  • Implementation Location: Drylands
  • Thematic Area: Green Production, Green Transformation, Green Marketing

Republic of Congo

  • Special Agricultural Product: Cassava
  • Type of Product: Heritage
  • Implementation Location: Tropics
  • Thematic Area: Green Production, Green Transformation

Rwanda

  • Special Agricultural Product: Honey
  • Type of Product: Livestock
  • Implementation Location: Drylands, Mountainous areas
  • Thematic Area: Green production, Green processing

Sierra Leone

  • Special Agricultural Product: Rice
  • Type of Product: Heritage
  • Implementation Location: Inland Valley Swamp, Mangrove
  • Thematic Area: Green Production, Green Processing

Somalia

  • Special Agricultural Product: Sorghum
  • Type of Product: Field Crop
  • Implementation Location: Drylands
  • Thematic Area: Green Production, Green Storage

South Sudan

  • Special Agricultural Product: Sorghum
  • Type of Product: Field Crop
  • Implementation Location: Tropics, Mountainous
  • Thematic Area: Green Production, Green Processing

Togo

  • Special Agricultural Product: Rice
  • Type of Product: Field Crop
  • Thematic Area: Green Production, Green Processing

Zambia

  • Special Agricultural Product: Onion
  • Type of Product: Horticulture
  • Implementation Location: Peri-urban and Rural drylands
  • Thematic Area: Green Production, Green Storage

Zimbabwe

  • Special Agricultural Product:  Soyabean
  • Type of Product: Field 
  • Implementation Location:  Tropics, Drylands
  • Thematic Area:  Green Production, Green Processing
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