Philippine - CocoPal Program

Working to improve the capacity and food security of 25,000 smallholder farmers in the Philippines.

Philippine - CocoPal Program

In 2009, ACDI/VOCA was awarded a $6.6 million project by USDA. ACDI/VOCA monetized 13,200 MT of soybean meal and used the proceeds over a four-year period to improve the capacity of smallholder farmers in targeted Mindanao provinces. The program helped the incomes and food security of 25,000 farmers and 125,000 indirect beneficiaries. Through six components, the project improved post-harvest processing facilities and practices standards for cocoa, coconut, and rice production. The six components are:

  • Establish and manage 75 village technology and extension farms (VTEFs) of the CoCoPal Palayamanan-integrated farming system
  • Train and provide extension services to 25,000 farmers in CoCoPal Palayamanan production and processing practices, linked to a value chain approach
  • Establish and rehabilitate 150 post-harvest facilitates to enhance accessibility to improved technologies and productivity of processed products
  • Create and support 300 cocoa, coconut and rice planting materials businesses to ensure good genetic material is available to farmers for productivity, as well as to create profitable and sustainable businesses
  • Establish 300 organic inputs facilities to increase the availability and reduce the cost of organic fertilizers and bio-pesticides for Palayamanan farming systems
  • Form 250 agroenterprise clusters for enhanced value chain integration and participation by smallholder farmers and micro-enterprises.


  • United States Department of Agriculture - Foreign Agricultural Service (USDA - FAS)

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: 251-500

    The Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) links U.S. agriculture to the world to enhance export opportunities and global food security.

    In addition to its Washington, D.C. staff, FAS...


    Advocacy NGO, Implementing NGO
    United States | Staff size: 1001-5000

    ACDI/VOCA is an economic development organization that fosters broad-based economic growth, raises living standards, and creates vibrant communities. Based in Washington, D.C., ACDI/VOCA has...

  • Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines (CocoaPhil)

    Philippines | Staff size: 6-25

    The CocoaPhil was founded in 1993, as a non-stock/non-profit organization, serving as an umbrella association representing the interests of the local cocoa industry; farmers, cooperatives,...

  • LandCare Foundation of the Philippines, Inc. (LFPI)

    Development Consulting
    Philippines | Staff size: 6-25

    The Landcare Foundation of the Philippines, Inc. (LFPI) is a non-profit and non-stock non-government organisation (NGO), based in the Mindanao and Visayas regions of the southern Philippines. It...

  • Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice)

    Institute, Government
    Staff size: 1001-5000

    Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) is a government corporate entity attached to the Department of Agriculture created through Executive Order 1061 on 5 November 1985 (as amended) to...

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Key Information

LocationPhilippines, East Asia and Pacific
  • Start Date 2009
  • End Date 2013
  • ValueUSD 6.6 Million