Coconut industry benefits from CARDI project

Coconut heaven

Since the implementation of the Caribbean Coconut Industry Development Project two-and-a-half years ago, the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) has made several strides in improving the local coconut industry through training as well as the establishment of new nurseries among other targeted initiatives.

The four-year project was undertaken through a partnership between CARDI and the International Trade Centre (ITC), with funding provided by the European Union. It was aimed at improving income and employment opportunities, food security, and overall competitiveness of the Caribbean coconut sector.

Participating countries in the project include Jamaica, Belize, St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Lucia, and Suriname, among others in the region.

According to CARDI country representative for Jamaica Dr Gregory Robin, Jamaica has the most organised coconut industry board in the region and so a partnership was developed with the local Coconut Industry Board, which had established a national stakeholder platform that addresses all the issues along the value chain, from production to the manufacturing of coconut water, oils and soaps.

Read more at: Jamaica Observer


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On the beachfront grounds of the White House in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, Derik engages delegates to the Caribbean Week of Agriculture and divulges his obviously vast knowledge of all that coconuts have to offer.

Derik is effusive. He’s a proponent, a champion of coconuts.

His perfectly packaged coconut flour, perched on a makeshift stand in the sand, catches the eye. A single question launches an extensive, interesting conversation.

He massages with a coconut paste that leaves the unsuspecting forearm refreshingly light, silky, tingly.

He swears another concoction has the effect of botox. “Take a smell. How does it smell?” he asks. (more…)