Coconut trees with vegetable intercropping

Sustainable Development and GAP in the Coconut Supply Chain

Project Summary

Sustainable Development and Good Agricultural Practices in the Coconut Supply Chain (SDGCoco)

Philippines | 2022

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.

Expected Outcomes 

  • At least 22 participants in training-of-trainers refresher course on Farmer Business School (FBS) GAP
  • At least 160 farmers trained on FBS GAP 

EWS-KT Partners

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

Implementing partners: Franklin Baker Company of the Philippines; Symrise; The Absolut Company through Malibu

Project Period

1 April 2022 – 15 November 2022


Philippines: Camarines Norte and Quezon provinces

Project News & Resources

training on coconut farm business and GAP
First day of farmer training on coconut farm business and GAP in Camarines Norte province, 22 June 2022