Completed in 2004
The objective of the project is to contribute to sustainable coconut production through selection of adapted, high yielding varieties and hybrids, conservation and exchange of germplasm for current and future breeding work, and through the sharing of technologies from advanced institutions. This project includes 18 participating countries from three continents: from Africa, Benin, Côte d’Ivoire and Tanzania; from Asia and the Pacific, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Thailand, Tonga, Vanuatu and Vietnam; and from Latin America and the Caribbean, Brazil, Jamaica and Mexico. Successful implementation of trials will make improved coconut varieties available to producers, reversing the downward trend of farm productivity and providing higher yields with an acceptable cost of production. The project is instrumental in maintaining the required biodiversity of genetic resources of coconut varieties.