Working Group - Coconut
The Working Group through Unilever is leading the development of a value chain project for coconut sugar blocks for export specifically to Indonesia for use in its sauce production. The supply gap is estimated at 40,000 metric tons per annum or an export potential of PHP2 billion per annum. This renders a huge potential for coconut farmers to have a substantial increase in their income. Coco sugar provides at least four times higher yield and income generation than copra. Interventions needed include the identification of new and best planting locations, provision for seedlings for dwarf coconut varieties, farmer training and organization, technology development and financing. Pilots are being tested in Quezon to establish best practices in increasing productivity and efficiencies. Once scaled up, the project is expected to impact 10,000 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. This Mindanao-based program will include multiple interventions such as replanting, trainings, introduction of intercrops, and market access.
Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)
Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA)
KFI Center for Community Development (KCCDFI)