Century Pacific Food, Inc. through its coconut manufacturing arm Century Pacific Agricultural Ventures, Inc. (CPAVI), has partnered with Friends of Hope to donate quality seedlings to smallholder coconut farmers.
This will enabling the planting of productive coconut trees and the replacement of non-fruit-bearing senile ones in South Central Mindanao.
In addition to expanding long-term coconut supply in the region, planting the coconut trees will sequester about 416,680 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions over the next eight years. As a result, CNPF’s coconut subsidiary aims to be “carbon-neutral” by 2028.
Under the partnership, CPAVI will provide coconut farmers 100,000 coconut seedlings a year for the next five years, with Friends of Hope overseeing their distribution to farmer families and ensuring that the seedlings are given the proper care.
Friends of Hope is a non-profit organization with expertise in coconut-based farming systems, as well as growing coconuts and other intercrops. Since its establishment in 2012, it has reached almost 10,000 farmers, providing them access to better seedlings, facilitating end-to-end trainings on coconut and intercrop production, and helping reduce costs by linking farmers directly to markets.