May 2017

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PIFON signs contract to support Pacific Coconut Project

Drinking coconuts on sale in Melbourne, Australia. The last few decades have seen major shifts in the world demand for coconut products and CIDP aims to help better position Pacific Island nations to take advantage of these opportunities.

The coconut is undoubtedly the most important tree in the Pacific. Over the past few decades the economic significance of this important tree to the Pacific has been subject to major international shifts. With funding from the European Union, the Pacific community has recently launched a new project entitled “Coconut Industry Development for the Pacific Project” or CIDP which aims to better position Pacific Island nations to take advantage of these opportunities.

PIFON is proud to announce that it has recently signed a contract to support the CIDP over the next 16 months. Through its network, PIFON will be providing a range of expertise to CIDP to carry out market studies and value chain analysis for a range of coconut products from the region. PIFON through its national farmer organisation members will help to provide a ‘farmers perspective’ to the development of this sector in the various countries.

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