This partnership brings together social enterprise Kokonut Pacific Solomon Islands (KPSI), World Vision, and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) to increase farmer incomes through improving their cocoa yield and quality. The partners will support better solar drying processes, provide training/mentorship and support organic certification. In the process, KPSI will diversify its core business and start up a boutique organic cocoa division with opportunity to scale to other areas. The initiative will be implemented in Makira Province.
This partnership aims to diversify KPSI’s product offering, leveraging existing processes and infrastructure for coconut oil and other coconut-based products. For smallholder cocoa farmers, the initiative will enhance the financial viability of their farming operations and increase incomes. Women’s economic empowerment will be promoted in local communities through targeted and needs-based training.