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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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]