Project Goals

The Caribbean Coconut Industry Development Project (CCIDP) aims at improving income and employment opportunities, food security, and overall competitiveness of the Caribbean coconut sector. This project has been undertaken by the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) and the International Trade Centre (ITC) through a partnership with the project funded by the European Union. As part of this project, this website has been developed by the UWI AgriNeTT Team to allow the the sharing of relevant information to all Caribbean Coconut stakeholders along the coconut value chain. This website prominently features; project information, coconut information resources, a forum and a database of coconut industry stakeholders.


News


During its inaugural meeting on November 29th 2017, the Barbados National Stakeholders Platform (NSP) saw growers, vendors, processors, and agricultural officials meeting at the Ministry of Agriculture’s Graeme Hall, Christ Church office. Their discussions touched on several pertinent areas of coconuts including Pest Risk Analysis, importation and the set up of a small nursery to potentially contain all coconut varieties in Barbados. The meeting was conducted by Barbados' Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with the Caribbean Agricultural Research Development Institute (CARDI) and the Barbados Society of Technologists in Agriculture (BSTA).

December 5th 2017


The newest addition to the ITC/CARDI Coconut Project, Antigua and Barbuda, is positioning itself to utilize the acres of land available to it at the field station at Betty's Hope. Currently, the land clearing exercise has begun and will continue until the 53 acres of land has been cleared. One of the proposed plans for the unit will be to establish a coconut nursery which should be 1 acre and is supposed to include varieties which are resistant to the lethal yellowing. Lethal yellowing is a significant issue in Antigua and consequently the Ministry in conjunction with IICA and CARDI are in the process of identifying resistant varieties to investigate.

19th October, 2017


One of the newer additions to the ITC/CARDI Coconut Projetc, Barbados, moves full steam ahead to develop its industry despite not being able to meet the growing demand for coconuts on the island. On 17 May 2017, the Ministry of Agriculture collaborated with the Barbados Society of Technologists in Agriculture and CARDI to host a stakeholders forum at the Savanna Hotel.

19th October, 2017


 


Events


For CARDI, Grenada, there's no better way to ring in Grenada's CARDI Day than at the Coconut Seedling nursery situated at Hope, East Coast Demerara on December 5th 2017. During this day Grenadians will be afforded the opportunity to not only know about CARDI's work but to also see first hand its work under the Cocunut Project.

December 5th 2017


The Belize Bureau of Standards in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute invites you to the Stakeholder Sensitization on Coconut Standard: Specification for Coconut Oil Workshops on 26th September 2017, 28th September 2017 and 11th October 2017.

22nd September, 2017


The Belize Bureau of Standards in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute will be hosting the Stakeholder Sensitization on Coconut Standards: Specification and Code of Hygienic Practice for Pre-Packaged Coconut Water Workshops on 26th September 2017, 28th September 2017 and 11th October 2017.

22nd September, 2017


A Regional training workshop will be hosted as part of the ITC/CARDI Coconut Project from 14th-16th December in Trinidad. As part of this workshop, training will be provided on product development and processing of; Green Coconut Water, Coconut Oil and other products (cream, milk, cosmetics, etc.).

8th November, 2016


The CCIDP Project is to be presented at the Caribbean Week of Agriculture 2016 in the Cayman Islands (24th - 28th October). Dr. Compton Paul will be presenting and will formally announce the launch of the website.

18th October, 2016