Programme profile

CIDC: Coconut Industry Development for the Caribbean

Antigua and Barbuda Barbados Belize Dominica Dominican Republic Guyana Jamaica Saint Lucia Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Suriname Trinidad and Tobago Latin America and Caribbean Agriculture

Programme Index Listing

Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago
Main implementer
International Trade Centre (ITC)
Other implementers
Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI)
European Union
2015 - 2018
Total budget
EUR 4 million
Annual budget
EUR 1 million
Matias Urrutigoity: urrutigoity@intracen.or / Hernan Manson:
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Connecting to the world market

Project description / objective

Improving competitiveness of the coconut sector through better regional integration and improved production performance so as to increase food availability and reinforce incomes and resilience of small-scale farmers.

Market system focus

The project aims to support diversification of incomes, climate change adaptation and strengthening of associations in the coconut sector.

ITC is using a methodology called Alliances for Action. This is a market system and producer-centred approach to improve sector governance and achieve impact at scale. It focuses on the formation of market-led partnerships to de-risk investments in the sector, enhance value chain integration, technical support, policy alignment and local institutional capacity building.

The project has established territorial value chain alliances using participatory approaches and by prioritising markets, agro-ecological suitability, land use and stakeholder recommendations.

Programme interventions

Improved value chain coordination

Improved governance through the establishment of National Stakeholder Platforms (NSPs) representing all stages of the value chain to:

  • facilitate dialogue and collaboration
  • encourage collective problem identification
  • improve the coconut sector performance through negotiation and problems solving

Regional cooperation

Connecting local, national and regional stakeholders through numerous regional workshops and training to promote an intra-regional exchange of knowledge and experiences.

Increased regional market integration has been achieved through the promotion of greater coordination and cooperation of those involved in the coconut value chain.

Market information

Evidence-based policy and action put in place as a result of:

  • value chain analysis
  • farmer characterisation surveys
  • cost-benefit analysis

Activities to improve access to market information and advisory services, and to generate new business opportunities particularly in value added activities, on:

  • good agricultural practices
  • finance
  • trade

Improved product / service quality

Marked-led de-risking of investment by implementing support service packages for lead farmers and agro-MSMEs in:

  • business training
  • good agricultural practices in inter-cropping
  • pest management
  • coconut production development
  • value addition
  • food safety
  • linkages to market

Improved input supply

Reinforcement of input supply through the dissemination of good quality planting materials, with targeted technical assistance, especially in lead farmers’ sites.

The project has also promoted exchanges with regional and international institutions to source superior plant germplasm, better suited for the Caribbean region.

Market linkages

Setting up alliances by establishing long-term relationships between producers, processors and buyers for the development, commercialisationn and provision of support service packages. This aids risk management and facilitates networks that provide needed technical expertise and capacity building - and that target catalytical investment to address systemic challenges.

Investment Prospectus

In partnership with SAFIN and the Public Private Alliance partners, the project is exchanging knowledge and information on financial instruments available in agri-finance. The aim is to design and adapt instruments that can respond to the needs of value chain operators in the coconut industry - and to unlock inclusive productive and commercial alliances.

Notable results (systemic change, poverty impact)

CIDC promotes coordination and collaboration between key national and regional stakeholders along the coconut value chain in order to address value chain issues.

This is the first time public and private sector representatives from the region are forming alliances to unlock sector potential, attract investments and develop the coconuts sector in an inclusive and impactful manner.

Gender, youth employment, poverty and the environment are an inherent focus of ITC’s and CARDI’s development activities.

[uploaded October 2018]