Promoting inclusive economic growth through valorisation of coconut husks

The overall objective of this project is to create viable and sustainable jobs and improved income for men, women and youth in Mindanao (Philippines) through a business partnership between coconut smallholder farmers and Biogrow (top producer of ecological cocopeat substrates). The partnership will valorise coconut by-products (husks) and promote the development of a local cocopeat and coco fibre industry. As a result, this project will contribute to SDG 8 through: 1) diversified and secured livelihoods for 3,000 coconut farmers households, 2) the establishment of fibre-processing units providing local jobs, 3) the creation of chips/crush mills with local employment opportunities, and 4) the setting up of women centres creating opportunities for 1156 women on fibre valorisation. Additionally, this project will create jobs directly in Biogrow plant and through subcontracting.  

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Administrative Partner IRDF - Integrated Rural Development Foundation
Key Commercial Partner BioGrow (VILA SARL)
Other Partners Livelihoods Venture
Country Philippines
Sector Agriculture & agro-processing
Open / Closed Open
Duration August 2019 - July 2023
Approval Year 2018