One Country One Priority Product (OCOP)

OCOP Webinar: Developments of Millets in India

18 April 2024, 10:00-11:30 (CET), 13:30-15:00 (IST)

Virtual Event, 18/04/2024

Join us for this insightful webinar, a part of the FAO One Country One Priority Product (OCOP) webinar series, organized in collaboration with the government of India and various stakeholders. The focus of this episode is on millets, the Special Agricultural Products (SAP) of India.


This event aims to provide a platform for sharing knowledge, experiences, and lessons learned in the sustainable production, processing, and marketing of millets in India. It serves as an opportunity to inform and inspire other countries interested in promoting millets or other SAPs through the OCOP initiative.


FAO launched the OCOP initiative in September 2021 to support countries in developing sustainable value chains for selected SAPs, which are unique products with special characteristics tied to their geography and culture. The initiative helps countries identify products that fit their specific production systems and unlock the potential of their special products by getting access to new markets regionally and globally. Since its inception, over 85 countries from all five FAO regions have expressed strong interest in the sustainable promotion of more than 54 products.





10.00 – 10.10

Opening remarks by

Mr Jingyuan Xia, Executive Secretary of the OCOP Secretariat, Special Advisor to the Director-General, FAO

Mr Takayuki Hagiwara, FAO Representative, FAO Country Office, India


10.10 – 10.15

Global Implementation of OCOP: Progress and Perspectives by Mr Hafiz Muminjanov, Technical Adviser, NSP, FAO


10.15 – 10.20

Overview of OCOP activities in Asia and the Pacific Region by Ms Xuan Li, Senior Policy Officer, Regional Office in Asia and the Pacific, FAO


10.20 – 10.30

Reflections on the International Year of Millets by Ms Makiko Taguchi, Agricultural Officer, FAO


10.30 – 10.40

Overview of Indian Council of Agricultural Research-Indian Institute of Millets Research and achievements by Mrs C Tara Satyavathi, Director, ICAR-IIMR


10.40 – 10.50

Overview of millet processing and the story of technology business incubation by Mr B Dayakar Rao, CEO Nutrihub & Principal Scientist, ICAR-IIMR


10.50 – 11.00

Millets in One District One Product: India’s story of millet promotion by Mr Minhaj Alam, IAS, Addl Secretary, MoFPI


11.00 – 11.10

Bowl of Growth program by Mr Mijanur Rahman, R&D Senior Director, PepsiCo India Holdings Pvt. Ltd.


11.10 – 11.20

General discussion


11.20 – 11.30

Closing remarks by Mr TR Sharma, Deputy Director-General, Crop Sciences, ICAR






Moderator: Mr Hafiz Muminjanov, Global Coordinator of the OCOP Initiative and Technical Advisor, Plant Production and Protection Division (NSP), FAO.


This webinar is organized by the FAO OCOP Secretariat, FAO Country Office in India, and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Government of India.