Working Group - Coconut
The Philippines is one of the largest producers of coconut in the world, second to Indonesia. In 2017, 3.6 million hectares of land were planted with coconut that produced 14 million metric tons with a value of USD$ 2.3 million. Despite this production, coconut farmers remain the poorest of the poor in the agriculture sector. Low farm productivity, infestation of pests and climate change continue to plague the coconut sector. The Coco Levy Fund, which was conceived to help the coconut farmers, has long been delayed for release.
- Companies and organizations in the Coconut Working Group are working on project aimed at improving coconut productivity and increasing economic returns for farmers.
- Friends of Hope is leading a program in partnership with domestic processors and international brands to reinvigorate the coconut water value chain. This includes sourcing from smallholders and reinvesting in farming communities to improve the productivity, profitability, and sustainability of coconut farming in the Philippines.
- 9,461 farmers trained
- 14,462 seedlings distributed
Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)
Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA)
KFI Center for Community Development (KCCDFI)