Hosted Date : 06.07.2012

Details of the meeting

COCOTECH is the permanent panel on coconut technology of the APCC. This gathering of coconut development workers, researchers, farmers, processors, importers, exporters and government policy makers in APCC member countries is held once every two years. It is a venue for the exchange of ideas on new technologies, processes, products, market trends and prospects, related to the coconut industry. The COCOTECH Meeting is open to interested individuals from the government and private sectors of the coconut industry worldwide.


CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE 45TH APCC COCOTECH MEETING

A Committee composed of all Heads of Country Delegations in APCC member countries and chaired by the APCC Executive Director formulated the recommendations after deliberating on the issues raised in the technical presentations and question and answer sessions:
  1. Policy Recommendations for APCC Member Countries:
  1. Recognizing the relevance of the theme of the 45th APCC COCOTECH Meeting, the delegates re-affirm the importance of putting the small coconut farmers and farm workers in the center of sustainable development efforts. The meeting recommends that genuine inclusive economic growth and sustainable development should include policies and programs whose benefits must be justly shared by the poor and marginalized coconut farmers who are at the bottom of the pyramid.
  1. Recognizing the technological developments in coconut crop improvement through hybridization and proper selection, the meeting recommends that the APCC member countries in collaboration with Bioversity/COGENT officially adopt a scheme for the efficient and effective exchange of germplasm to support the coconut replanting and rejuvenation programs in the respective countries. The meeting further recommends that the signed UN-FAO Treaty on Germplasm Exchange be pursued.
  1. Recognizing the stagnant if not decreasing productivity of coconut farms, the meeting recommends that in order to increase coconut farm productivity, the National Governments of the APCC member states must support and provide appropriate budget for a National Coconut Replanting/Rejuvenation Program including intercropping, product diversification and value addition with provisions for technical assistance and capacity building.
    The meeting further recommends that the Communiqué issued by the XLVIII APCC Session/Ministerial Meeting in December 2011 in Honiara, Solomon Islands be widely circulated to create more awareness, greater advocacy and to gain a critical mass of support from political leaders, policy makers, investors, farmers and other stakeholders including international donor agencies on the need to accelerate the coconut replanting and rejuvenation program in all APCC member states.
  1. Recognizing the value of the “advocacy marketing model” as practiced by various coconut product manufacturers in the member states and abroad, the meeting re-affirms the need for more substantive science-based evidence to support our claims on the health benefits of coconut oil. While appreciating the achievements made by some APCC member states like India, Sri Lanka and the Philippines on this regard, the meeting also reiterates previous recommendations on the need for national policy directions and provisions for appropriate budget to support national medical/nutritional researches and/or clinical trials on coconut oil. Multi-country clinical trials may likewise be pursued by the APCC Secretariat in collaboration with reputable medical research institutions/universities and interested stakeholders including private companies in the APCC member states, USA, Australia and Europe.
  1. Recognizing the value of the “advocacy marketing model” as practiced by various coconut product manufacturers in the member states and abroad, the meeting re-affirms the need for more substantive science-based evidence to support our claims on the health benefits of coconut oil. While appreciating the achievements made by some APCC member states like India, Sri Lanka and the Philippines on this regard, the meeting also reiterates previous recommendations on the need for national policy directions and provisions for appropriate budget to support national medical/nutritional researches and/or clinical trials on coconut oil. Multi-country clinical trials may likewise be pursued by the APCC Secretariat in collaboration with reputable medical research institutions/universities and interested stakeholders including private companies in the APCC member states, USA, Australia and Europe.
  1. B. Recommendations for Program / Project Formulation by the APCC Secretariat:
  1. Recognizing the shifting consumer demands as influenced by health and wellness concerns of the majority of buyers in the world market, the meeting recommends that the APCC continue to pursue generic promotional campaigns and trade exhibitions in the member states and abroad to promote market expansion and further in-roads of coconut products in the mainstream market in the USA, Europe and other major market destinations.
    The marketing platform may include coconut products as a health food, a super food which can be certified as organic and following fair trade practices. Other coconut products such as coir fibre and coir-based products like coco peat, geotextile, coconut shell charcoal-based and activated carbon may be featured as environment-friendly with very low carbon footprint.
    The meeting also recommended to pursue the strategies toward market collaborative competition in the market of coconut products and explore further the mutual benefit of FTA.
    The meeting likewise recommended that the APCC should facilitate the conduct of Business Forums/roundtable meeting among coconut product processors, exporters/traders and buyers.
  1. To address the impact of climate change, the meeting recommends that the APCC pursue projects that will demonstrate how coconut farmers can mitigate, adopt and cope with the effects of extreme variabilities in the environment and address poverty reduction, economic livelihood, food security and additional farm family income. This may includes collaborative research on resistant varieties, Integrated pest management, exchange bio-control agents and techniques.
  1. Recognizing the need for technology sharing and capacity building, the meeting recommends that the APCC Secretariat design, organize and facilitate practical human resource development programs for training of trainors and other stakeholders in the APCC member states. These training programs must be based on the needs of the member states especially in areas relating to good manufacturing practices (GMP) in coconut product processing and value-addition; pest and disease control; good agricultural practices (GAP), and others. Capacity building programs may also include study-tours and exchange visits in areas of interest between and among the APCC member states.
  1. Recognizing the value of coconut related information and the need for efficient technology transfer, newly developed technologies, new research outputs and up-to-date data and statistics on prices, productivity levels, export volumes and supplies of various coconut products, the meeting recommends that the APCC Secretariat continue to publish these information through Newsletters, R & D Journals, posters, brochures, technical bulletins, Statistical Yearbooks, Trade Directories and others. Relevant information may also be included in the APCC website and updated regularly.