Updates: Goin’ loco over coco

It was a revealing press conference on Wednesday at the Ugnayan sa Mandaya Hotel. At one point, you’ll see many amazing coconut products put in front of you that make you think why people are still poor in coconut-growing communities? Is it because of lack of education on entreprenuerial skills? Are farmers left in the rural areas to make do with their eternal conditions as poor and “just” producers of raw materials?

The other image that emerged after talking to the Philippine Coconut Authority’s officials in the Davao region is that farmers are actually leaving the coconut industry to cultivate other high-yielding crops! Read my report here for more details.


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