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.

Training packages
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CIDP will support sector competitiveness and sustainability by the wide dissemination of production intensification methods and by strengthening synergies between the various actors of the value chains.

Stakeholders dedicated to coconut production will be targeted with training programs specifically aimed at increasing their capacities, knowledge and awareness in major aspects of coconut agronomy and plantation management with an emphasis on plantation rejuvenation, including the utilisation of the best available solutions for coconut based farming systems (intercropping with the most suitable species depending on location and, where applicable, on market requirements, in particular during early stages of the coconut replanting process).

Existing processors of coconut products will be trained in different value chains related to coconut processing in an attempt to diversify the coconut sector and add value and volume to production in view of existing marketing linkage opportunities.

Specifically, an assessment of existing training programs and manuals on GAP, GMP, SSOP, HACCP, business management dedicated to coconut production and processing and information produced on developing the coconut sector potential will be undertaken and a concise description of each resource and a web link will be available through this page and the website of the Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation(PIPSO).

Five training programs will be developed directed towards farmer groups, copra dealers and different coconut processors on coconut intensification and processing diversification aiming at specific activities identified by the coconut sector through a consultative process.

Training packages are to be developed in multi-formats (offline/online/audio visual) as appropriate to the program focus and make best use of available technology and innovations in provision of advisory services, training and extension. A regional train the trainer’s workshops will be held on each package targeting trainers in the countries where each package is most applicable. These trainees will become regional training resource persons.

A listing and description of training materials related to food safety and processing in the coconut industry is available on the PIPSO website.

Further Training packages will be available through this page and the PIPSO website once available.