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Building Resilient and Sustainable Livelihoods for Smallholder Coconut Farmers in the Eastern Visayas

This project targets thousands of coconut farmers and their families on Leyte Island adversely impacted by Typhoon Haiyan in November 2014.


Coconuts are one of the most important crops in the Philippines. The country is the second largest coconut producer in the world, accounting for 26.6% of global production. The devastation from Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in November, 2013 created ripple effects throughout the entire coconut value chain, affecting people who were engaged both directly and indirectly in this crop sector — from farm owners, workers and traders to those involved in transport and logistics.

This proposed project will address the high vulnerability of small holder coconut farmers brought about by Typhoon Haiyan which displaced thousands of people and damaged their primary source of income. Coconut farmers are highly vulnerable because of their dependence on coconuts as their sole income source, which is complicated by the low-productivity from coconuts because of the number of trees lost due to the disaster and, and lack of communities’ abilities to recover after a disaster strikes.

Objective #1

Coconut Farmers and their families learn and put into practice diversified ways of earning a living. It is critical to develop alternative income sources for these small-scale farmers until their coconut trees become productive again.

Objective #2

Farmers increase their coconut harvest, leading to increased income for their families. To address the factors contributing to low productivity of coconut farming, the project will introduce appropriate farming technology through the demo farms to improve their production. Also, post-harvest technology will be introduced to improve the quality of the copra, the dried meat, or kernel, of the coconut used to extract coconut oil, and marketing techniques will be explored including value-adding activities of coconut products and by-products.