Providing alternative livelihoods for coconut farmers after Typhoon Haiyan

Sep 2015

Coconuts are one of the most important crops in the Philippines. The country is the second largest coconut producer in the world, but after Typhoon Haiyan an estimated 44 million trees were damaged or destroyed, affecting around 1 million coconut farmers.

The impact on the coconut sector was devastating as coconut seedlings take an average of six to eight years to become productive again. In response, FAO implemented six projects to support coconut-based farming systems (CBFS) and to restore the food security and livelihoods of 35 500 small-scale coconut farming households through providing diversified sources of income and placing coconut communities on a path of resilient and inclusive economic growth.