Nam Hom coconuts, or aromatic coconuts, are a special coconut variety from Thailand known for their exceptionally fragrant water. The demand for these fruits from across the world has surged over the past few years. To keep up the supply, farmers have turned to monoculture and the use of heavy chemical inputs to boost their yields. The short-term focus of these practices is harming the environment and putting farmers and farm workers’ livelihoods at risk. In order to develop and incentivise more sustainable practices of coconut farming, the idea of the Regenerative Coconuts Agriculture Project (ReCAP) was born.
The objectives of the project are to support and train 350 coconut farmers to grow coconuts according to regenerative organic agricultural practices; to equip farmers with basic business skills to diversify and thereby increase their income; and to establish a self- sustained entity that enables and supports continuous development of sustainable farming practices among the coconut communities of the so-called “Nam Hom Provinces”.
RESULTS SO FAR
350 coconut farmers are trained in central Thailand
At least 800 hectares are converted to regenerative organic agriculture
Through income diversification, farmers increase their incomes by 10%
Training Curriculum on farm management, soil health, organic inputs, pest management, and regenerative organic practices
Establishment of an entity to support regenerative organic farmers