Coconut Industry Development for the Pacific

Coconut Industry Development for the Pacific (CIDP) is a joint initiative of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the European Union (EU) as part of a broader economic partnership between the EU and the African Caribbean Pacific (ACP) states. The aim of CIDP is to bolster the coconut sector in the region through improving the competitiveness of small producers engaged in the coconut value chains, strengthening regional integration of related markets and the intensification of production across the Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. The programme runs 2016-2018 and is valued at 4 million Euro.

New Coconut Project for Pacific
Friday, 09 June 2017 11:55

The Pacific Community (SPC) in partnership with European Union has embarked on € 3.5 Million  Euros project to improve the competitiveness of small producers engaged in the coconut value chains, through a strengthened regional integration of related markets and the intensification of production.

The Coconut Industry Development Project (CIDP) is part of SPCs Land resources Division and is led by Ms Karen Mapusua based in SPC Narere campus and has two components –regional policy integration, strengthening of synergies in the value chain and capacity building,  and pilot projects in selected countries.

According to Ms Mapusua, the pilot projects that primarily focuses on Samoa and Vanuatu will have a very competitive selection process to identify enterprises that the project will work with.

‘The national level mechanism that verifies Expressions of Interest (EOI) will ensure that it must align with the national development   priorities for the sector.’

‘Independent panel of experts, (Technical Advisory Group) will assess all aligning submissions   based on the eligibility and selection criteria and draw up a short-list of prospective pilot projects. ‘Ms Mapusua said.

She added that the independent business development expert (consultant) will be contracted to undertake due diligence on the short listed EOIs and make recommendations to the TAG.

The TAG will then make final recommendations of EOIs to be funded based on an in-depth analysis of the shortlisted proposals (due diligence process, including an environmental impact analysis).

The regional output of the project will be the creation of a comprehensive database of enterprises/projects/farmers groups/NGOs developing activities in coconut production/processing diversification within the 15 PICs;

Ms Mapusua highlighted that the training/awareness short-courses and programmes for farmers, processors and others in the value chain will be developed and implemented together with a manual entitled: “Coconut Risks Management and Mitigation for the Pacific Region” will be produced, and a regional training program implemented;

‘Road maps will be created addressing different value chains analysis on coconut production intensification and processing diversification; and a “Coconut Policy Advisory Document for the Pacific Region” will be produced and a plan to harmonize national coconut production strategies will be drafted.’

The project envisages assisting at least eight government representatives from the Pacific Island Countries in upgrading and harmonizing their national strategies in line with the regional policy document and there will be opportunities for Trade shows.

She also mentioned that the four expected results of the project:

  • Are to improve the competitiveness of small producers engaged in the coconut value chains, through a strengthened regional integration of related markets and the intensification of production.
  • Access to information and financing services are facilitated for smallholders and other sector stakeholders.
  • Small producers have better access to risk management tools, especially concerning climate and market risks.
  • Existing regional and national strategies are harmonized and made consistent in order to realize synergies and to strengthen the regional integration of corresponding markets.

The EU supported CIDP project is holding its first project steering committee meeting on October 17th and will begin to rolls out its activities from November, 2016.