Classroom training for the SDGCoco project

Capacity Development for Farmers of the SDGCoco Project

Project Summary

Provision of Technical Services on the Capacity Development for Farmers of the SDGCoco Project

Philippines | 2023–2024

Context and Project Objective

Although the Philippines is the world’s second-largest producer of coconuts, the smallholder farmers who constitute the majority of the industry often lack solid agricultural knowledge and struggle to earn a profitable livelihood. 

The overall goal of this intervention is to increase farm productivity and promote farm income diversification in Region IV-A and Region V by building the capacity of selected farmers on coconut-vegetable production following sustainable farming methods. Implementing Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) can improve crop productivity and marketability, while applying intercropping with vegetables can diversify farmers’ income for a more stable and sustainable business.

Specifically, the project aims to:

  • Improve the technical know-how of farmers for a large-scale rollout of sustainable farming techniques and farming innovations, which contribute to increased resilience for smallholder farmers
  • Develop farmers’ business management skills so they can plan effectively and maintain a steady and reliable supply of vegetables with characteristics that meet consumers’ evolving expectations and needs
  • Amplify the widespread adoption of Philippine Good Agricultural Practices (PhilGAP) among coconut farmers in the selected regions 

Building on previous EWS-KT SDGCoco (Sustainable Development and Good Agricultural Practices in the Philippines Coconut Supply Chain) interventions, this project will achieve its objectives through intensively training selected farmers on coconut-vegetable farming systems, exposing neighboring farmers to these techniques through Farmer Business School (FBS) and training on GAP, and developing market connections between farmers and buyers.

Expected Outcomes 

  • 45 key farmers from 3 farmers’ associations trained on sustainable coconut-vegetable farming practices and provided better access to seeds and other farm inputs, improved marketing systems, and horticultural advisory services
  • 270 farmers exposed to coconut-based farming systems through FBS-GAP training
  • From among the key farmers, para-technicians identified and trained as second-line trainers within each farmers’ association
  • A 1,500-square-meter demonstration farm showcasing coconut-vegetable farming systems anchored on GAP
  • An increase in the availability of safe, low-residue vegetables for the consuming public
  • Market links created between farmers and potential buyers

EWS-KT Partners

Funding partner: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ)

Project Period

26 June 2023 – 31 January 2024


Philippines: Camarines Norte and Quezon provinces

A group of farmers work to build a raised bed

Photos from the project . . .

Group of farmers smile after covering a raised bed with plastic mulch
Farmers hold certificates for training under the SDGCoco project
A group of female and male farmers prepare seedling trays
Group of farmers inside a protected seedling house
Woman farmers with tray of seedlings