A collaborative project between BASF, Cargill and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) has established the world’s first Rainforest Alliance certified production of copra, the dried coconut flesh used to process coconut oil in the Philippines.
The three-year project saw the companies work together to promote sustainable coconut oil and improve the living standards of coconut farmers in the region, training over 1,000 farmers in good agricultural practices and the standards of the Sustainable Agricultural Network (SAN), and introducing a newly developed drying technology for coconut flesh.
“Our ability to feed the world depends on successful farmers at every level of production, including smallholders,” said Efren Barlisan, General Manager, Cargill Philippines. “Cargill works with millions of smallholder farmers worldwide to help them increase their agricultural productivity, yield and profitability to improve their livelihood in a sustainable manner. We are proud to be part of this initiative.”
Harald Sauthoff, Vice President Global Procurement Natural Oils and Oleochemicals at BASF added: “Together with our partners, we were able to show that it is possible to specifically promote the sustainable production of high-quality coconut oil and improve the living conditions of the coconut farmers. This success allows us to look to the future with optimism.”