Working together to boost the regional coconut industry


Working together to boost the regional coconut industry by CARDI in the Caribbean Week of Agriculture 2018 Digital Magazine, pp. 26

Driven by a health and wellness trend, the global demand for fresh coconuts, coconut based products and value added products are at an all-time high and is projected to continue to grow exponentially. Unfortunately, demand at both the global and regional levels now exceeds supply with the production base seriously lagging behind. In the Caribbean the growth of the sector has been depressed mainly due to aging plantations, lack of quality planting material, prevalence of pest and diseases, a sustained lack of investment and financial and technological constraints.
Recognising the potential of the industry, the European Union (EU) and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Secretariat funded the 4 year project “Coconut Development for the Caribbean” which is being implemented in 11 CARIFORUM countries. The project is being jointly implemented by the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) and the International Trade Center (ITC) and aims to improve the competitiveness of small holder producers through improved production and utilisation of coconuts and coconut based products…

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