Coco Technologies: Providing Livelihood Opportunities for Poor Coconut Farmers through Value-Adding

Authors Elvie Grace Ganchero Perla Manapol
Lead Organization CocoTech
Type of Organization MSME
Country Philippines (South Asia)
Business Sector Agriculture Artisanal Goods
Role of the Poor Producer
Theme Environmental Impact Environmental Impact Climate Change Civil Society-Business Collaboration Women's Empowerment
MDG 1: End Poverty and Hunger 3: Gender Equality 7: Environmental Sustainability
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Abstract In the Philippines, the coconut tree is called the tree of life because of its wide-ranging uses. The traditional focus on dried coconut flesh and oil, however, makes farmers vulnerable to market fluctuations. This has made them disproportionately poor: coconut farmers make up 4% of the Philippines’ 89 million people but 20% of its poor. Coco Technologies (CocoTech), a privately held enterprise, has pioneered bio-engineering applications of cocofibre nets made from waste coconut husks since 1993. Today, its collaborative business model involves more than 6,000 families in weaving and manufacturing nets for slope stabilization and erosion control. CocoTech provides supplementary income to coconut farmers, livelihood opportunities for traditionally non-productive family members and a low-cost, environment-friendly solution to its clients.
Citation Ganchero, Elvie G. & Manapol, Perla. "Coco Technologies: Providing Livelihood Opportunities for Poor Coconut Farmers through Value-Adding." GIM Case Study No. A012. New York: United Nations Development Programme, 2008
Reference A012
Source GIM 2008
Type Case Study
Language English
Constraints Access to Financial Services Knowledge and Skills Regulatory Environment
Strategies Combine Resources and Capabilities with Others Engage in Policy Dialogue with Government Invest in Removing Market Constraints Leverage the Strengths of the Poor