FAO praises Egyptian dates and their selection within the global initiative
Published Sep 12, 2023
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has launched a global initiative called "One Country, One Priority Producer" (OCOP) in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture. This initiative aims to improve the agricultural and food system of producers and reduce negative impacts, with a focus on green production, storage, processing, and marketing. Egypt has chosen dates as a priority product due to its significant production, and the project aims to develop sustainable value chains, support small farmers, and improve access to markets while protecting the environment and biodiversity in the Near East and North Africa region.
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During a large-scale workshop, the initiative was reviewed in the Near East and North Africa, benefiting from global expertise, specialized experts, and the private sector. The initiative addressed the date sector, as it is the most important in Egypt, and according to the Ministry of Agriculture, it produces 19% of the global production of high-quality dates. According to FAO, the government of the Arab Republic of Egypt (represented by the Ministries of Agriculture and Land Reclamation and Trade and Industry) chose Egyptian dates and dates as a priority product, given that Egypt is the largest producer of dates and dates in the world. Part of the conference For his part, Dr. Abdul Hakim Al-Waer, Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in the Near East and North Africa region, said, “The One Country, One Priority Product initiative helps countries take advantage of their ...