Webinar to Further Increase Knowledge About the Processing of Coconut Husk
On 8th of June 2021, webinar entitled ‘The Development of Coconut Husk-Based Products to Increase Added Value in the Period of Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity (VUCA)’ was organised by the Non-Aligned Movement Centre for South-South Technical Cooperation (NAM CSSTC) and International Coconut Community (ICC). This webinar was a continuation of the Memorandum of Understanding between on 24th of July 2020, an agreement to enhance coconut farmers’ skills and expertise in developing countries in the production of value-added coconut products.
The webinar examined the economic and environmental effects of coconut husk-based processing, coconut-husk processing and development, coir and coir-based exports and the breadth of marketing of products based on coconut husk. This Webinar was attended by participants from 15 different countries including Fiji, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, Netherlands, Philippines, the Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Thailand, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
“This event is a result of strong commitment between the NAM Centre and ICC that has agreed to sign the Memorandum of Understanding last year in July. In addition to technical and experience exchanges between multi-stakeholders in coconut industries and the whole value chain, another important topic and partnership is also focused on how to continue improving the whole sustainability of coconut industry,” said the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia/Head of Governing Council of NAM CSSTC Mahendra Siregar in his opening speech.
NAM CSSTC and International Coconut Community brought speakers with their experience in the processing of coconut husk to diverse products. In 10 to 15 minutes, the presenters gave their talk with a moderator. After all presenters finished their presentation, the moderator allowed the participants to ask questions.
Participants were enlightened about how coconut husk contributes to enhancing agricultural productivity and the link between Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and coconut development. Participants could realise that attempts were made to develop coconut goods, especially in the field of technological progress. In addition, coconut husk can be a special alternative material for improved farm output. The webinar has shown that.
(Pangersaning Gusti B.A.)