The trees in our Papua New Guinea partnerships play a vital role in people’s lives, as a source of income and nutrition. The star of the show is a hairy nut we all know and love. The Coconut.
Approximately 500,000 people in PNG rely on coconut products for food and income. In our partnership communities, coconuts are harvested for their nutritious milk and oil used in cooking, as well as drying and smoking the nut to produce copra, sold to companies for livestock feed.
The plant is considered so important that in 1998 the International Coconut Genebank (ICG) was set up in Madang Province, PNG. The aim of the ICG is to conserve coconut varieties for the whole Asia-Pacific region and produce seed nuts for farmers.