About the CIDP

Background

The coconut industry historically constituted an important sectoral activity in agricultural and rural development in the Caribbean Region. The original production focus of the industry was copra for processing into coconut oil and played a critical role in rural employment and food security, including the employment of women.

The goal of the project is to contribute to the successful higher value development of the coconut industry in the Caribbean region in the interests of reducing rural and urban poverty and fostering sustainable diversification of the economy.  Specific objectives are to carry out a needs assessment to assess the social, economic and environmental relevance of revitalising the coconut industry in the Caribbean region.

 

Project Objectives:

Improve decision-making & regional cooperation: Foster greater collaboration and knowledge sharing between stakeholders & countries in research and development activities, production and processing technology and business opportunities;

Enhance productivity & sustainability: Train farmers on good agricultural practices such as pest and disease management and integrated production methods to improve productivity, increase the supply of coconuts and support farmer income;

Improve market & product development, access to finance, food safety: Improve the flow of vital market information along the value chain including profitability analysis of various value added coconut by-products, quality standards and financing options to support improved enterprise decision making; and,

Support better risk management & disaster mitigation planning: Improve the capacity of smallholder farmers to better prepare for and manage economic and environmental risks that may affect their livelihoods.