Regional Knowledge Platform on One Country One Priority Product (OCOP) in Europe and Central Asia

Amidst the complex challenges gripping the ECA region in recent times, the imperative to foster resilient and sustainable agrifood systems has surged to the forefront of global and regional agendas.

The 33rd Session of the FAO Regional Conference in May 2022 underscored this urgency, with member states calling for continued support in implementing transformative food system agendas, aligning with sustainable development goals.    

FAO's Global Action on Green Development of Special Agricultural Products: One Country One Priority Product (OCOP), unveiled by the Director-General in September 2021, serves as a timely framework, responding to the pressing crisis in Food, Energy, and Finance Systems that afflict the region.  

It offers a strategic roadmap, emphasizing the overhaul of agricultural value chains through innovative, sustainable, and inclusive business models tailored to selected products.    

OCOP's holistic approach spans the entirety of agricultural value chains, from production to marketing, fostering collaboration among stakeholders.   Its primary focus is on Special Agricultural Products (SAPs), distinguished by unique qualities that position them for integration into local, national, and global markets.

In the current crisis, the development of sustainable food value chains for these special agricultural products emerges as a necessary alternative strategy in the face of increasingly unreliable markets.   

Read more about the rationale and background of OCOP

To ensure the successful and impactful implementation of the OCOP initiative globally, the OCOP Steering Committee, chaired by the FAO Director-General, was established at FAO headquarters in Rome.

In addition, the OCOP Regional Organizing Group for Europe and Central Asia is being established to organize and coordinate the implementation of initiatives within the region and to support the OCOP Steering Committee.

A National Task Force for each participating Member is envisaged to carry out implementation activities at the country level and to support the Regional Organizing Group.

  • better food and nutrition security;
  • bolstered income and livelihoods;
  • improved sustainable and inclusive value chains through better production, processing, marketing and consumption;
  • increased climate resilience and environmental sustainability; and
  • strengthened partnerships.
OCOP in Europe and Central Asia

Kazakhstan: apples

Uzbekistan: sweet cherry

Türkiye: figs

Tajikistan: apricots

Serbia: raspberries

Moldova: table grapes

Kyrgyzstan: walnuts
Georgia: specialty wines
Armenia: greens
Albania: chestnuts
Countries Initiatives on Special Agricultural Products (SAPs)
Countries Special Agricultural Products (SAPs) Videos

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