Poverty reduction in coconut growing communities.

The Asian Development Bank and Bioversity's International Coconut Genetic Resources Network (COGENT) partnered in an endeavour linking PGR conservation and poverty reduction in eight Asia Pacific countries to prove that “coconut farmers need not be poor”.  The project consisted of developing, deploying, testing and promoting promising coconut-based income-generating technologies in poor coconut growing communities to increase income and reduce poverty. The three pronged approach included (a) Increase yields by 3-5 times through the introduction of high- yielding, adapted and high-value coconut varieties; (b) Increase incomes by 5-10 times by producing high-value products from all parts of the coconut, i.e., kernel, husk, shell, water, wood and the leaves; and (c) Increase farm productivity by 3-5 times through intercropping and livestock and fodder production.

Batugal, P. & Oliver, J. Poverty Reduction in Coconut Growing Communities Volume I : The Framework and Project Plan. I, (IPGRI: 2003).
World Region
Bangladesh, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Vietnam
Scalable or transferable lessons
A lack of financial capital to diversify and invest in higher-return, high value income generating activities is one of the main reasons why small scale farmers remain poor and marginalized.
Farming Systems
integrating livestock in coconut plantations
Economic constraints existed, as the ability of the poor to benefit from diversification depends on high initial inputs to move into higher value activities
Increasing profitability of coconut production through diversification and high value commodities from products
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