The Coconut Collaborative work in collaboration with Pur Projet, a social business, to plant thousands of coconut trees every year.
The aim of the project is to help regenerate the fragile ecosystems of which we depend on, whilst educating and informing local communities of the environmental benefits of agroforestry.
Pur Projet liaise with local communities in areas of environmental degradation due to practices such as farming palm oil, and recruit farmers who have unused land, but who cannot afford to buy crops to grow on it. The Coconut Collaborative purchase coconut seedlings which are then given to the farmers once their plot of land and tree planting model has been mapped out.
The coconut seedlings are then intercropped with other trees and plants such as coffee and guava, and the farmers have full ownership of the crops. Often, farmers use the crops to feed their family and their animals, to sell at markets, or to use as religious offerings.
The farmers are also incentivised for their good farming practices, as a way to encourage local communities to take good care of the land.
The Coconut Collaborative began their project in 2015 on the island of Negros, in the Philippines with 1,000 coconut seedlings. Since then, The Coconut Collaborative have begun a second project in Pejarakan, North West Bali, and aim to have planted 10,000 coconut trees by 2018.?