Promoting Inclusive Economic Growth
Through Valorization of Coconut Husks

Project Summary

The overall objective of this project is to create viable and sustainable jobs for men, women and youth in Mindanao (Philippines) through a business partnership between coconut smallholder farmers (CSHF) 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

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Coco Husk Chips Drying: A Resilient Pursuit

Coco Husk Chips Drying: A Resilient PursuitMarch 4, 2023Earlier this year, UNICARBAI MPC (UMPC) in Barangay Basiawan, Sta. Maria, embarked on the aging process of their coco husk chips, storing a minimum of 200 sacks in the area. Although their plan was to collect and prepare the aged chips for drying, the persistent rainy season thwarted their efforts to process more coco chips. Just last week, the UMPC facility faced flooding due to relentless rain throughout...

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Harvesting Success: A decade of challenges and transformation of FFCC

Harvesting Success: A decade of challenges and transformation of FFCC

Alfreda Lanticse, former chairperson, and current vice chairperson of the board at FFCC, has been at the forefront of the cooperative's remarkable decade-long journey. From its inception in 2011 with a modest 26 members, FFCC, short for Fairtrade Farmers Multipurpose Cooperative, has evolved into a thriving community of 187 members. Initially rooted in credit and loans, FFCC expanded its ventures amidst trials and challenges along the way. The cooperative...

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TUCOFA Women Officers Empowered Through IRDF Partnership and Don Bosco Training Program

TUCOFA Women Officers Empowered Through IRDF Partnership and Don Bosco Training Program

On November 14, 2023, a transformative initiative unfolded as Don Bosco Micro Enterprise Center conducted a comprehensive training program for women officers of Tubon Coconut Farmers Association (TUCOFA), an esteemed partner organization of the IRDF. The training focused on the development of small-scale micro-enterprises, emphasizing the production of diverse products such as coco cookies, coco chips, coco candy, and the art of Bukhayo making. All are delicious...

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Empowering Communities with Bilugan Twining Training: Paving the Path to Quality and Sustainability

In a bid to empower communities and enhance their skills, a series of training sessions on twining using the Bilugan machine have been carried out recently. The sessions, led by the experienced trainer, Mr. Ramil Rosales, have focused on improving the quality of rope production and expanding participants' skill sets. Training Session 1: IRDF Demo Center, Matanao, Davao Del Sur On October 9, 2023, Ramil Rosales, an expert on the production of Coconut husks...

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UNICARBAI MPC: Coco Husk Processing, a challenge but a worthwhile endeavor.

  Basiawan, Sta. Maria, October 11, 2023 On October 4, UNICARBAI Multi-Purpose Cooperative (UMPC) started their enterprise into coco husk processing, a new venture for the cooperative. The path was not without its initial challenges, but as of October 11, UMPC is set to make their first delivery to the Biogrow Plant in Malalag, with 266 sacks of processed chips. At present, UMPC has deployed four operators or coco husks chippers as a team working in a single...

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GECARBA: Coconut farmers’ resiliency amidst uncertainties

GECARBA: Coconut farmers’ resiliency amidst uncertainties

In 1978, the Department of Agrarian Reform extended a lifeline to 63 farmworkers, gifting them with 1.5 to 3 hectares of Guiang Estate's land in Brgy. San Isidro in the town of Sta. Maria, Davao Occidental. These fortunate farmer-beneficiaries would later become the heart of the Guiang Estate Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Association- GECARBA. On September 1, 2023, a consultation workshop was facilitated by the Integrated Rural Development Foundation (IRDF), their...

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IRDF, Livelihoods for Family Farming (L3F), Franklin Baker (FB) and MARS Collaborate to Empower Coconut Farmers and Enhance Rural Livelihood in Mindanao

IRDF, Livelihoods for Family Farming (L3F), Franklin Baker (FB) and MARS Collaborate to Empower Coconut Farmers and Enhance Rural Livelihood in Mindanao

In a groundbreaking partnership that underscores a common commitment to uplift rural communities and enhance agricultural sustainability, the Integrated Rural Development Foundation (IRDF), L3F, FB and MARS have joined forces to create a transformative initiative aimed at empowering coconut farmers in the Philippines. This collaborative effort, which melds IRDF's community-driven expertise, L3F’s development consultancy services together with MARS' and FB’s...

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THE COCONUT TRAINING CENTER:EMPOWERING WOMEN AND FARMERS THROUGH BUSINESS AND CIVIL SOCIETY COLLABORATION

THE COCONUT TRAINING CENTER:EMPOWERING WOMEN AND FARMERS THROUGH BUSINESS AND CIVIL SOCIETY COLLABORATION

Another busy day at the Coconut Training Center Tamlangon is a barangay in Davao del Sur, in the municipality of Matanao (17,000 households in 2020). Most areas are planted with rice, bananas, coconut and various fruit trees. Residents of Tamlangon mostly engage in farm work. Outside of planting and harvesting, they have no other sources of extra income. Until the BIOGROW Philippines, a substrate company based in Mindanao and the Integrated Rural Development...

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THE DANIDA MARKET DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIP IN THE PHILIPPINES: The Fairtrade Farmers Coconut Multipurpose Cooperative (FFCC) in Focus

THE DANIDA MARKET DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIP IN THE PHILIPPINES: The Fairtrade Farmers Coconut Multipurpose Cooperative (FFCC) in Focus

The Fairtrade Farmers Credit Cooperative (FFCC) was established in 2012 with coconut farmers mostly from the towns of Padada, Sulop, Hagonoy and Malalag, all in Davao del Sur. It started out as a small group of farmers delivering organic coconuts to AG Pacific Nutriceutical Corporation—a processor of organic virgin coconut oil products. FFCC began by providing credit to its members to finance needed inputs for their coconut farm development plans. Today, FFCC has...

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The COCO TRAINING CENTER INTENSIFIES DEMONSTRATION OF EFFICIENT MACHINERIES

The COCO TRAINING CENTER INTENSIFIES DEMONSTRATION OF EFFICIENT MACHINERIES

The Training Center began operations in February 2022, producing 16 cubic feet of fresh coco chips per day while processing 3,000 to 3,500 husks per day on average per machine. We currently have three chipping machines working. 13 cubic meters of coco peat and 660 kg of wet fiber per hour are produced by one defibering equipment with a daily average of 200 bags of coco chips are dried by 10 persons. As of May 17, 2023, Bio Grow received deliveries of 79,265.64 kg...

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This project will contribute to the following Sustainable Development Goals: