The Philippines is one of the largest producers of coconut in the world, second to Indonesia. In 2018, around 3.6 million hectares of land were planted with coconut, producing 14.7 million metric tons of coconut worth USD 1.7 million.
Despite this huge production, coconut farmers remain the poorest in the agriculture sector. A lack of innovation and value-added processes to coconut products may have contributed to the financial difficulties faced by coconut farmers who mostly produce copra or oil. The government is developing a Philippine Coconut Industry Roadmap which will guide and suggest areas of improvements and innovations for the coconut industry.
PPSA commits to assist the Philippine Council for Agriculture and Fisheries (PCAF) in developing the Philippine Coconut Industry Roadmap. Coconut, as an intercrop of coffee, can potentially help the government achieve the targets under the Philippine Coffee Industry Roadmap, which PPSA members are actively involved with.
Friends of Hope – a non-profit corporation working on poverty alleviation – is leading a program in partnership with domestic processors and international brands to reinvigorate the coconut water value chain. This includes sourcing from smallholders and reinvesting in farming communities to improve the productivity, profitability, and sustainability of coconut farming in the Philippines.
Members and Partners
Friends of HOPE
Philippine Coconut Authority