Harvesting coconuts, Java, Indonesia A. Rival © CIRAD


Coconut is primarily grown in the coastal subtropical zones of Asia and Oceania, its region of origin, on small family farms. The nuts, which are available all year round, are consumed in the region in the form of coconut milk. They are also used to produce copra and its by-product, copra oil. Some 10 million smallholders worldwide rely on the coconut value chain for a living, but it faces a range of issues: copra's reduced competitiveness, competition from palm kernel oil, and the development of lethal diseases that can wipe out coconut plantations within a few years. CIRAD is thus working to support the value chain's development.

Books and documents


OCL, Oilseeds and fats, crops and lipids
Bimonthly scientific journal on oil and fat production and use. Published by Terres Inovia, CIRAD, French Federation of Oils and Fats, ITERG, Terres Univia and SFEL.

Useful links

Scientific publications

See CIRAD's publications on coconut