Coconut oil project helps certified farmers earn more

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A sustainable coconut oil project involving US agribusiness giant Cargill, German chemicals company BASF and global consumer goods company Procter & Gamble (P&G) has resulted in certified farmers earning 47% more income in the Philippines and Indonesia.

The combined experience of the partners helped to ensure the success of the certified sustainable coconut oil production (SCNO) program, Cargill said on November 13.

Between October 2015 and October 2019, over 4,100 coconut growers were trained in Good Agricultural and Processing (GAP) practices as well as agricultural management practices. About 1,600 farmers received additional training and were certified to the Rainforest Alliance Sustainable Agriculture Standard.

Trained and certified farmers earned an average 47 percent higher income than non-program farmers, Cargill said.

Certified coconut growers also reaped more and productivity was 26% higher compared to non-involved growers.

The first Rainforest Alliance certified coconut oil was produced in 2018 with the support of this partnership.

Certified farms had to meet comprehensive sustainable agriculture requirements related to environmental protection, social equity and economic viability.

The Philippines and Indonesia are the world's two largest producers of coconuts and exporters of coconut products, Cargill said.

Farmers were mostly small farmers or tenants with less than 4 ha of land and limited access to know-how and financing. The SCNO program has given them a way to meet their main challenges.

Jonathan Sumpaico, general manager of Cargill's Philippine grain and oilseed supply chain, said: “Cargill will continue to expand our support based on the excellent work already done with small coconut growers to increase their productivity and agricultural income and at the same time promote sustainable coconut supply. oil in the world. "

The program was commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Source: OFI Magazine