Coconut farming is a primary industry in the province of Misamis Oriental where most of our farmers/partners are located. This project will support coconut-based women-led enterprises with the goal of improving their lives by making and selling value-added products from coconuts and secondary crops. These products include charcoal from coconut shell, vinegar from coconut water, coco peat, organic fertilizer and coco-coir from husks, vegetables and processed snack food and drinks, among others.
The coconut industry here in the province of Misamis Oriental is owned and managed by smallholder farmers and tenants. Coconuts are harvested every 3 months and the lull in harvest season means the need to find other sources of incomes in order to improve economy and food security. Women have the capacity to do this since there are a lot of by-products that coconut trees produces. These are charcoal from coconut shell, vinegar from coconut water, fertilizer, vegetables and processed food.
Providing women and their families who are dependent on coconuts with additional livelihood means providing them with social and economic power. Studies shows that incomes of women go directly to provide for their needs and their families. This also means that the various coconut by-products is not wasted but is utilized to productive means thereby making the industry lucrative and attractive even to small investors. Additional partners will be included as the funds is rolled-out.
Improvement of the social and economic standing of 650 poor women and their families who are dependent on coconuts for their survival. The project will also showcase the various income possibilities that can be generated from coconut-based farming that has been previously overlooked and taken for granted.