Sustainable Development and Good Agricultural Practices in the Coconut Supply Chain (SDGCoco)
Context and Project Objective
Although the Philippines is the second-largest producer of coconuts in the world, the smallholder farmers who are the backbone of the industry often lack good agricultural knowledge and struggle to earn a profitable livelihood. Employing Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) increases crop productivity, and intercropping with vegetables can diversify farmers’ income for a more sustainable business.
The SDGCoco project is designed to improve the income, productivity, and sustainability of 500 smallholder coconut farmers in the Philippines over a 4-year period. The main goals of the project are to strengthen Good Agricultural Practices, introduce a business mindset in farming, enhance coconut farms to achieve international sustainability standards, and develop a premium scheme for smallholder coconut farmers in the provinces of Quezon and Camarines Norte. SDGCoco also seeks to bridge the generation gap for ageing Filipino coconut farmers through mainstreaming the engagement of women and youth in its approaches.
EWS-KT will be providing two training courses to the project in 2022: “Master Trainers on FBS GAP Trainers Refresher Course” and “Farmers Training Implementation and Supervision.” The outcomes below reflect only EWS-KT’s role in the project.
- At least 22 participants in training-of-trainers refresher course on Farmer Business School (FBS) GAP
- At least 160 farmers trained on FBS GAP
Funding partner: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
1 April 2022 – 15 November 2022
Philippines: Quezon and Camarines Norte provinces