Regenerative Coconuts Agriculture Project (ReCAP)

OBJECTIVES

  • To support and train 350 coconut farmers to grow coconuts according to regenerative organic agricultural practices;
  • To equip farmers with basic business skills to diversify and thereby increase their income; and
  • To establish a self-sustained entity that enables and supports continuous development of sustainable farming practices among the coconut communities of the so-called “Nam Hom Provinces”.

DESCRIPTION

Nam Hom coconuts, or aromatic coconuts, are a special coconut variety from Thailand known for their exceptionally fragrant water. The demand for these fruits from across the world has surged over the past few years. To keep up the supply, farmers have turned to monoculture and the use of heavy chemical inputs to boost their yields. The short-term focus of these practices is harming the environment and putting farmers and farm workers’ livelihoods at risk. In order to develop and incentivise more sustainable practices of coconut farming, the idea of the Regenerative Coconuts Agriculture Project (ReCAP) was born.

APPROACH/FIELD OF INTERVENTION

  • Regenerative and organic agriculture
  • Improvement of soil health
  • Intercropping
  • Bee rearing
  • Compost from coconut waste
  • Increasing income resiliency

TARGETED BENEFICIARIES

Nam Hom coconut farmers

HIGHLIGHT ACTIVITIES

  • Training on regenerative farming for Nam Hom coconut farmers
  • 30 Master Trainers
  • Demo plots for regenerative organic farming (growing intercrops and cover crops, rearing bees and fish, making compost from coconut waste)
  • Training Curriculum on farm management, soil health, organic inputs, pest management, and regenerative organic practices

PUBLICATIONS

VIDEO

SUCCESS STORIES

“Joining the coconut project has broaden my horizons as a farmer. I have had many ideas about how to farm more sustainable, but I didn’t know where to start. By working with the project team, I learned how to manage my coconut farm in an innovative and holistic way. Now that I am regenerative farmer, I can see the many benefits this farming approach brings: for my farm, for myself and for the environment. This makes me a proud farmer.” – Wannarak Kaenampornpan (Nam Hom coconut farmer, Ratchaburi, Thailand)
COUNTRY

Thailand

DURATION

01 Jun 2020 - 31 Aug 2023

SDG

COMMISSION AGENCY

Private partners (Harmless Harvest and Danone Ecosystem Fund)

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