This project aims to support the rejuvenation of coconut-based livelihoods in the Pacific islands by strengthening the conservation and utilisation of coconut diversity and by addressing biotic threats to coconut diversity in the region
Coconuts contribute, directly or indirectly, to the livelihoods of coastal communities throughout the Pacific islands, comprising some five million vulnerable people. Dependence on coconuts, however, has become a ‘poverty trap’ for communities with few other livelihood options due to a number of factors including falling prices, ageing tress becoming less productive as well as several urgent biotic threats.
Conserving and redeploying coconut diversity can provide the foundation for improving coconut-based industries that support livelihoods in the Pacific islands and, ensuring their resilience in the face of climate change and other challenges.
The focus of the project's activities is to establish a platform for regional coordination of research and development efforts to develop a more robust and viable coconut sector which will be able to respond to national, regional and global market needs.
Expected project outcomes
- Developing and deploying strategies for coconut conservation and use.
- Developing and deploying strategies for addressing biotic threats to coconut.
- Establishing and sustaining a platform for coordinating coconut research-for-development initiatives.