Project COCONUT Launched in Quezon
by Danny Estacio (Manila Bulletin) Coconut farmers in Quezon have a brighter future to look forward to following the recent launch of COllaboration for COconut Productivity and NUrturing Farmers’ Trade or Project COCONUT of Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation, through its social arm, Pilipinas Shell Foundation Inc. (PSFI)
“Project COCONUT is about creating more environmentally sustainable fuels for the Philippines and more sustainable livelihood for coconut farmers by providing increased livelihood opportunities so that more Filipinos are able to provide adequately for their families,” says Edgar Veron Cruz, Executive Director of Pilipinas Shell Foundation Inc. (PSFI).
The project is aimed at addressing the needs of coconut farmers by helping organize a local coconut farmers’ cooperative, conducting seminars in managing coconut farms to improve their yield, and setting up training programs for sustainable income opportunities in processing coconut products such as handicrafts, jewelry and furniture.
“Project COCONUT is an expansion of Shell’s previous initiatives for cleaner energy through biofuels while providing sustainable livelihood to coconut farmers,” said Shell International’s Biofuels Sustainability Compliance Officer, Helen Scholey during the MOA signing event yesterday in Lucena City. READ MORE
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