Safeguarding and deploying coconut diversity for improving livelihoods in the Pacific islands

Coconut diversity in the Pacific
Project code
AUD 2,003,124
Research program manager
Ms Irene Kernot
Project leader
Logotonu Waqainabete, Pacific Community Fiji
MAY 2019
DEC 2024
Project status
Legally committed/Active
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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.
Map of Pacific Islands and Papua New Guinea
Key partners
Kokonat Indastri Koporasen, Papua New Guinea
Ministry of Agriculture, Fiji
Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Samoa
Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock,Soloman Islands
Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Forestry, Fisheries and Biosecurity, Vanuatu
University of Queensland, Australia
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Fact Sheet HORT/2017/025