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Coconut Industry Development for the Caribbean
Description/achievement of initiative

The objective of this project is to promote market-facing exporting and processing enterprises, small-scale coconut producers and support services in Caribbean countries to enhance their competitiveness by improving productivity, changing working practices, improving profitability, promoting innovation in the sector and encouraging better information exchange.

Implementation methodologies

The International Trade Centre (ITC), with headquarters in Geneva Switzerland, and the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI), with headquarters in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago are joining forces with the main stakeholders of the Caribbean’s Coconut sector to improve the competitiveness of coconut industry with the shared objectives of improving market linkages, increased production performance and quality, promoting value addition and better regional coordination. The ultimate goal of the project is to increase food security and reinforce the incomes of small scale farmers in the coconut sector.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Provision of training and advisory services to beneficiaries.

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure

This project utilises a participatory approach to promote meaningful coordination and collaboration between key national and regional stakeholders along the coconut value chain. Facilitated by CARDI and ITC, a public-private National Stakeholder Platform has been established in each country that brings together farmers, buyers, entrepreneurs, processors and government agencies to collectively and comprehensively address various issues that confound the sector


International Trade Centre (ITC) Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute European Union (EU)
Progress reports
Goal 1
Goal 2
Goal 8
Improve regional cooperation: Foster greater collaboration and knowledge sharing between countries in areas such as 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;
Increase market information: 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;
Support better risk management: Improve the capacity of smallholder farmers to better prepare for and manage economic and environmental risks that may affect their livelihood
Staff / Technical expertise
International Staff and consultants

Basic information
Time-frame: 01/2015 - December 2018
International Trade Centre (ITC) Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute European Union (EU)
Contact information
Matias Urrutigoity, Project Manager , urrutigoity@intracen.org
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