Silk business in Cambodia: Struggles to survive

Silk weaving has been Khmer people’s tradition for centuries. Ancient Khmers raised silkworms and planted mulberry for silk production. In the past, women were taught about the importance of silk production and silk weaving as part of household chores. But today, for some reasons, farmers have stopped raising silkworms and have instead used imported silk.

Initial impressions of OCOP 2018-2020 program

After more than 2 years of implementation, the national Program One Commune One Product (OCOP) for the period of 2018-2020 has been achieved many outstanding outcomes. The Program’s main goals have been all met and exceeded its set targets. There are 2.961 registrations for 6.210 products participated in the Program. The registered entities have been supported to improve their products quality, to develop their products

The growing importance of biodiversity for natural health ingredients

Natural ingredients are used more and more in health products. This presents an opening for exporters in developing countries. But there are also mandatory and extra biodiversity requirements. Exporters should learn about terms like CITES, CBD and ABS. This will help them become successful in dealing with biodiversity.

OCOC - One Country One Commodity initiative from FAO

FAO is developing the Global Action Plan for Green Development of Specialty Agro-Products: One Country–One Commodity (OCOC). The OCOC initiative is inspired by “One Village, One Product” (OVOP) programmes and schemes in which the Asia-Pacific region holds rich national experiences. Many Asian countries adopted the concept and developed similar initiatives based on country-specific contexts and development needs.

Kamikatsu - The Waste-Free Village Of Japan

A remote village on the Japanese island of Shikoku has been practicing a low-waste economy for nearly 20 years. By contrast to Japan’s nationwide record of being the world’s second largest producer of plastic waste, the town of Kamikatsu is on a mission to reuse, recycle and reduce as much as possible to fight overflowing landfills and eliminate dependence on incinerators.

The specialty coffee in Africa – Paradise of flavours

The African coffee is brewed and celebrated all around the world due to its rich and unique flavors that cannot be found anywhere else. Rich soils, perfect coffee harvesting climate, and skilled farmers ensure that the majority of the African coffee beans are the best quality and are classified as specialty grade.

Lifestyle – A virtual fair in Vietnam

Travel restrictions and ban on outdoor crowd gatherings are the biggest hurdles for trade fairs and organizers around the world have been focusing on shifting to virtual fair space to help companies connect with customers.

Craft village development policies in Japan

Japan attaches great importance to the development of traditional craft villages in the process of rural industrialization. To restore and develop traditional craft villages, Japan also implements certain policies including OVOP. 

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